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Student Wellbeing

Validus Centre

We are extremely proud to be able to offer our students Validus, a dedicated wellbeing centre equipped to meet the needs of all our young people.

Validus provides a programme of holistic support, including qualified counselling support, professional and targeted support for young people experiencing issues, and specialist support for those students experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and low mood. It also raises the profile of wellbeing for all young people and staff and effectively supports our wider school teams. This outstanding facility enables us to effectively coordinate safeguarding, child protection, welfare and health concerns through one central hub and to provide opportunities for working with families and the wider community. It is also an appropriate and confidential venue for external agency workers working with young people and their families in school.

Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions or to request to speak directly to our Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team.


A student who feels supported is more likely to thrive and reach their full potential, not just being successful in their education, but to feel content with their personal goals and attributes.  

A ‘drop in’ service is available for all students who may have an issue they would like to talk about, with a trusted member of The Wellbeing Team. This service works alongside the counselling service, ultimately making The Wellbeing Centre accessible to all students.  

School Counsellor — Miss Abigail Firth

“I feel immensely proud to be appointed the new school counsellor here at Ridgewood. Having qualified as a Psychotherapist at the University of Salford, I have dedicated most of my counselling career to working therapeutically with children and young people. I’m excited to begin my work as School Counsellor and I could not think of a better school to work at than Ridgewood. 

My personal values as a counsellor are to be open-minded, non-judgemental, genuine and completely empathic to each and every student, and staff member at Ridgewood.''

''Hello, I'm Mrs Austin, and I'm thrilled to be working here at Ridgewood. Having worked in a school since I actually left school, I find this environment is home from home, and being the new counsellor means I get to do the job I love in being here for the students in a non-judgmental and empathic way. I look forward to welcoming everyone into my lovely, cosy space. 

Any enquiries are welcome, whether that be to request a referral form or to find out more information about the counselling service offered at Ridgewood — I would be happy to help.''

School Counsellor — Mrs Keeley Austin

The overall aim for the counselling service is to provide a safe space for all students in need of further emotional support, wholly dedicated to improving their wellbeing.

Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions, or if you would like to speak with Miss Firth directly.

Useful links from the Counselling Team:

School Nursing Service



The Doncaster School Nursing Team is a group of experienced qualified nurses and support workers who support young people aged 5-19 years and their families to stay healthy.

They work in partnership with other health services and education providers, and other wider social care and voluntary services for children young people and families.


Life can be tough as a young person, dealing with pressure from school, home, friendship groups and sometimes just feeling like no one understands you. You may feel lost and wonder what to do, where to go and who to talk to.

Please remember no problem is too small and the School Nursing Team are happy to answer any questions you may have, some of the issues they support young people with on a regular basis are:

  • Keeping healthy (physical, emotionally and sexually)
  • Emotional health (dealing with life’s ‘ups and downs’, including problems with relationships, friendships and bullying)
  • Weight management
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Smoking


The school nurse/s won’t discuss your personal information with anyone else without your permission, this includes parents and teachers and means that you can discuss personal information in confidence. Your information would only be passed on in order to protect you or someone else from serious harm and whenever possible they would discuss this with you first.



  • You can contact the School Nursing Service team Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) between 9.00am and 5.00pm on, tel: 01302 566776.

Text Service

  • Alternatively you can text the service on, tel: 07917 031891. If your call is assessed as non-urgent, they will aim to respond to you within 5 working days.  If your call is assessed to be urgent, then they aim to respond within to you 24 working hours.


  • You can book an appointment to chat to a school nurse online by downloading the app from the Apple or  Google Play stores. 


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Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions or concerns regarding the wellbeing of your child.

The contact information provided above is accurate at the time of publishing - January 2021.