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Student Wellbeing

Student wellbeing is a paramount importance at Melbourn Village College and there is a range of support in place for those students who require it. We also offer advice for parents and carers.

Pastoral Care

Growing up and moving into adulthood can be challenging – with exams, issues with friends, bullying, changes at home, social media pressures or finding a job. This can affect how we feel and have an impact on our well-being and mental health. Keep Your Head is a useful website for students in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health. This site brings together good reliable up to date information on mental health and well-being for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals.

CASUS is the Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service, provided by the NHS Foundation Trust. CASUS provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. The website contains information on their services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing.

Click here to go to the National Parent Support Service. They offer free telephone, text and email support to help parents and carers with the challlenges they face. They can advise on what services are avilable and how to access the right support for your child.

Click here to access the Self Harm Awareness Ebook for Parents

Click here to view the Cambridgeshire County Council leaflet, 'A Parents Guide to New Psychoactive Drugs'

Click here for more information about the drug Xanax.

Access to Learning Fund

Melbourn Village College are pleased to announce the launch of their new “Access to Learning Fund.”  The fund is in place to support students and parents, who are experiencing genuine and unavoidable financial difficulties and to enable student’s access to support to allow them to engage with activities, resources and opportunities that their family would struggle to finance.

Applications to the fund can be made by parents and guardians  by completing the Access to Learning application form.  The fund is overseen by Mr John Barnes and Mrs Caroline Deadman and each application will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This fund has been made possible by kind donations from the local community including Melbourn Parish Council, Melbourn Fete Committee, Trigg Charitable Trust and the PTFA fundraising events.

Dealing with Exam Stress

With GCSE exams just around the corner and revision is a priority for thousands of students,  Exam anxiety is reportedly at record levels and to help address this, BBC Bitesize has launced a new website following the results of questioning students as to what resources would help them. The answer was short, shareable videos from young people who had recently taken exams and this has led to the launch of - described as 'smart advice from exam surivors'.

Young Carers

Melbourn Village College recognises the important role young carers play within their families' lives and the additional responsibilities this places upon them.  We are committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in their education and life.

The school has designated Young Carers' School Leads with responsibility for young carers and their families:
Operational Lead for young carers: Sharon Daly
Senior Leadership Team Lead for young carers: John Barnes

The school will only share information about young carers with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.

The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.

The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the school nurse and Centre 33, the local young carers' service where Sophie Hughes assists in the running of the young carers group which on the second Monday of every month. The group provides young carers with mentoring support, a time to relax and unwind and a range of fun-packed activities which they are thoroughly engaging with.

We are proud to have received the Young Carers Bronze Award in April 2016 and the Young Carers Silver Award in November 2016 which demonstrates how we are working to  meet the needs of all young carers within our school community.


Listen Cambridge

This “Parents supporting parents” group in Cambridge offers a safe place to talk to others in the same situation and be heard. It is open to any parent who is worried about their child or young person with social or emotional mental health problems - not need or disability specific.

The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at Trumpington Meadows Primary School,  Kestrel Rise, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9AY.  It starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 8:30 PM

For more information please contact


At Melbourn Village College

Senior Leadership Team Lead: Mr Barnes
Tel: 01763 223400 ex 271

Young Carers Champion: Mrs Daly
Tel: 01763 223400  ex 203

School Nurse: Julie Atkins
Community Health Centre, 35 Orchard Road, Melbourn
Tel:  01763 260827.  Mobile: 07855 511008

External organisations

CPFT deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community such as physical, mental health and specialist services. 

CPFT are a Health and social care organisation who provide:-

  • Specialist mental health and learning disability services;
  • Children and young people’s mental health services;
  • Children’s community services in Peterborough;
  • Social care;
  • and ground-breaking research

CPFT aim:  To offer people the best help to do the best for themselves’

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust,

Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge Road, Cambridge CB21 5EF.   

Tel: 01223 219400. Website: 

Centre 33 Young Carers Project Worker: Charlotte Currie
33 Clarendon Street,  Cambridge, CB1 1JX
Tel: 07496 618968  or 01223 307488

Carers Trust Young Carers Policy and Development Officer: Tania Bingham
4 Meadow Park, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG
Tel: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090. Mobile: 07720 343401
Twitter: @CarersTrust  @YoungerCarers

Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carers’ Assessor: Maya Kalinowska
Young Carers’ Assessment Team, Amundsen House, Compass Point Business Park
18 Stocks Bridge Way, St Ives, PE27 5JL
Tel: 01480 372798 or 01480 727964

Total Voice. An advocacy service for adults, carers, and children and young people who are looked after or are in need. The service can support with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, mental ill-health, sensory impairments, social of health care needs and NHS health complaints. Find out more at

Talk to Frank. This is an organisation that offers friendly and confidential advice on drugs.   


Tel: 0300 123 6600 or text 82111


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