The Woolwich Poly Counselling and Well-Being Service complements the school’s pastoral system by offering additional support to students.

The WPC&WBS consists of 2 qualified counsellors, 2 Draw & Talk Therapists and 2 ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy and Support Assistants). It can offer:

  • Counselling tailored to the needs of each student.
  • A drop-in service open to all students which can be accessed via staff or students themselves.

  • Group work on issues such as transition into secondary school and exam stress.

  • Draw & Talk sessions.

  • Consultation for staff, parents and carers.

  • An NVR (Non-Violent Resistance) parent programme run with professional and parent facilitators to provide support and offer effective strategies to help manage the challenges of parenting the teenage years.


The counsellors work in accordance with the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) ethical framework. All parties attend regular supervision to oversee the work and ensure best practise.


‘Good mental and emotional wellbeing is an integral part of children and young people’s holistic development. When this development is inhibited, counselling can be an effective and important resource. The aims of counselling are to: assist the child or young person to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to their world; to create a greater awareness and utilisation of their personal resources; to build their resilience; and to support their ability to address problems and pursue personally meaningful goals.’ (Department for Education)


Please see the link below for full details and links to other support agencies.

For further information please contact Jane Prescott, Coordinator of The Woolwich Poly Counselling and Well-Being Service and Lead Counsellor.

Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email:
Registered Office: Hutchins Road, London, SE28 8AT
Woolwich Polytechnic School is operated by POLYMAT which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. Reg no. 9078530