Student Support Services and Internet Safety

Below you will find a range of useful links and helpful sources of advice and information for students and their parents. These cover wellbeing, mental health, relationships and internet safety. You can use these quick links to jump straight to the section you need:



External Agencies which work with Vandyke

Support Services in Leighton Buzzard

Online Support Services

Internet Safety Information


If you have any safeguarding concerns about a young person at Vandyke, please contact Mrs H Sides, Designated Safeguarding Lead, on the main school telephone number (01525 636700) or via email:

You can also contact Central Bedfordshire’s Children’s Services on 0300 300 8585 or via the Central Bedfordshire website.



External Agencies

Vandyke has links with a number of external agencies which come into school to provide support for our students.

These services are confidential between the counsellor or health professional and the individual young person.  No information is shared with school staff, except as defined in the school’s child protection policy and guidance from child protection law.  This is essential to maintain the trust needed for these services to meet the needs of our students.

Appointments can be arranged to see Brook Clinic through the year offices or by seeing Mrs Verrier in the Medical Room.

Brook will talk through options and help guide choices. They offer advice about healthy relationships, contraceptives, pregnancy and STIs and can provide contraception, STI testing and pregnancy tests.

Other local Brook Clinics are available at the TACTIC Centre, 17 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard. Phone: 01525 373838.

Click here to visit Brook’s website.

4YP offers independent advice and guidance to students about careers and future plans and also helps support young people with applications and career planning. Appointments can be made through Mrs Webb, the school co-ordinator.

4YP DROP-INS: Tuesday and Wednesdays, 3-6pm at TACTIC Leighton Buzzard.

Other appointments available: Wendy Millgate on 07780 448599

Phone: 01582 742285  Email: info@4ypuk  Facebook: 4YPUK

Click here to visit 4YP’S website.

The school has counsellors who work with any students who are in need of support or counselling. Students can self-refer through their head of year or may have counselling suggested by a member of staff. Counselling sessions take place in school time and may last for a few weeks or longer depending on circumstances.

All counselling is entirely confidential, within normal safeguarding rules.

Aquarius offers a range of support, information and advice to young people aged between 5 and 18 who use drugs and/or alcohol and also supports young people affected by someone else’s use. Aquarius will come into school to work with individuals or groups, if needed. They are not in school on a regular basis, but we can refer students to them. If you would like more information on this, click here for a link to their website.

Health drop-in sessions

The School Nursing Service offers a drop in session once a week on a Thursday lunchtime. The school nurse can give advice, support and help on a range of medical issues, including nutrition, weight loss/gain, sexual health, injuries or information on any health related matters or concerns.

Appointments can be made via the Medical Room.

For advice and information for young carers, click here.

Teenage advice and information from TACTICclick here.

Support Services in Leighton Buzzard

Student Support Services


To visit the Childline website, click here.

Grief Encounter

Domestic violence helpline   0808 200 0247

Terence Higgins Trust

The UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK.

BEAT eating disorders   0345 634 1414


For information on the prevention of young suicide, click here.

Chat Health   07507 331 450

Internet safety information

Information for students and parents about CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is available by clicking here.

The CEOP thinkuknow website with information for students and parents about internet safety is available by clicking here.

Online safeguarding – The Dark Web – what is it?

Internet Matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC

Parent Info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers

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