Let’s Talk Zone

Let’s Talk Zone

At Ossett Academy, students’ positive mental health and well-being is a priority each and every day. In fact, we were one of the first academies, regionally, to employ a Mental Health Practitioner, based in our ‘Let’s Talk Zone’ – our purpose-built, nurturing environment for students who require additional emotional support.

In our Let’s Talk Zone we work with students who are struggling with their emotional and mental health for a variety of reasons, including students who are self-harming, have suffered a bereavement, have low self-esteem or confidence, or who may be struggling with exam stress or anxiety.

How to access support

A student who feels they would benefit from emotional and mental health intervention, support or advice, should first talk to their Pastoral Year Leader, who can determine the appropriate referral for their individual needs.

Once a referral has been made to the Let’s Talk Zone, we will work with the student, assessing the most appropriate support; this could be group work or one to one support, support from the School Nursing Team as part of Healthy Young People’s offer, or by signposting to external support services for young people (some of which are listed below).

The Let’s Talk Zone runs student support groups, for example; LGBT+, exam stress and anxiety, self-esteem and confidence. There is also a daily drop-in at break and lunch, open to all students who feel they need a place to be, or people to talk to – they can get that every day just by dropping in. Parents also benefit directly from the provision through regular parent workshops.


Let’s Talk Zone

Further information, advice and support

Additional support or information can be sought from the following organisations (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

Bullying Helpline


0845 22 55 787

Bullying UK


0808 800 2222

Calm Harm App






0800 1111



0808 1000 143



Mermaids UK


0344 334 0550



0808 800 5000



0800 068 4141



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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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