School Counsellor & Safeguarding Lead


My name is Claire Brierley and I am the School Counsellor and Safeguarding Lead here at Woodlands.  I have worked with children and families for 19 years and joined the School Team in 2011.


My role is to ensure that children are ready and able to learn, by addressing any problems or concerns that they, or members of their family might have, so that they can do their very best in school.  I liaise closely with parents and teachers to plan a way forward; to ensure that children feel safe, happy and supported.

I work closely with teachers to identify pupils who may benefit from my input or require specific interventions to be put in place.  I work with children who need time to talk, relaxation techniques, bereavement support, sleep counselling, are young carers, need help with anger management, are lacking in self-esteem and much much more.

I feel pupils learn better if their families are aware of their school life, I liaise with parents and carers to help them become part of the school community.  I build close professional relationships with parents and offer assistance, advice and guidance and refer to additional agencies when required.

When should I contact the School Counsellor?

If you have any family concerns that you think are affecting your child in engaging with education please contact me. This can be concerns such as:

  • Behaviour at Home
  • Concerns around Bullying
  • Bereavement
  • Family Break-down
  • Self-Esteem concerns
  • Domestic Violence
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleeping
  • Young Carer
  • Friendships

My role is to support you and your family by being:

  • An active listener
  • A guide
  • Professional friend
  • Reliable
  • Approachable
  • Non-judgemental
  • Supporter of pupils, parents and carers

How to contact me

If you have any family concerns at all, please don't hesitate to contact me or pop in for a coffee and an informal discussion.

My working hours are Monday - Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.  Please contact me by email:  if you require an appointment to be made.

Please take a look at our Young Carer's Policy and Description of a Young Carer's Representative!

Also see below some photographs from our Summer Sensory Garden Project - A fantastic team of children worked alongside a local Landscape Gardener to plant a Sensory Garden on our Junior Site!

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