Marling Student Support
Located at the heart of the school, our Pastoral Office is designed to be a safe and friendly space.
Our team of Student Support Assistants are on hand throughout the school day to offer support and guidance to worried or anxious pupils or to just lend a friendly ear if the day is not going as planned.
We offer an ‘open door’ policy where students can drop in to talk about any concerns or anxieties they may be experiencing. Equally, they may just need some ‘time out’ and a place to recharge without question or judgement.
For extra support, students may be offered weekly mentoring sessions. We also have a dedicated school counsellor and a school nurse who provides drop in sessions once a week.
Pastoral Support Structure
At Marling we are proud of the level of pastoral care we offer our students. As well as having access to our dedicated Student Support Assistants, every student has a Form Tutor who they check in with twice a day. The Form Tutor is the boys’ first point of contact in Year 7 and they remain with the same Tutor Groups throughout their school careers. This enables the boys to develop strong relationships with their peers which provides valuable support throughout the Key Stages.
Heads of Year provide an additional level of pastoral support as do the Heads of Key Stage, while our Head of Pastoral and Associate Headteacher, Glen Balmer, oversees the overall wellbeing of all Marling students.
SMSC - spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
Part of the curriculum we offer includes education on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of students. This is done through Life Skills lessons, assembly programmes and tutor group activities. We also support this work by inviting external agencies in to work with us on initiatives such as Sex Education and Healthy Relationships as well as Substance Misuse training.
Life Skills lessons incorporate Personal, Social, Health and Economic education along with Citizenship.
The aims of these lessons are to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to manage their lives now and in the future. They are designed to educate the students so that they can stay healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Many of the lessons will support the students so that they can make positive choices to improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Students will be involved in a range of activities such as discussion, debating, research, role play, the use of creative writing and art work.
In Years 7 and 8 the programme is delivered through two lessons per timetable cycle. In Year 9 there is one lesson per cycle as well as some collapsed timetable days to extend the learning into aspects of financial capability and career choices, as well as work on sex and relationship education and controlled substance misuse.
Topics covered throughout Key Stage 3 include the key concepts of:
Students will also be encouraged to play their part as active citizens in the School and community. This is facilitated through such activities as contributions to form time and Student Council, involvement in charity fundraising events and litter-picking around the campus.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch at StudentSupport@marling.school
Early help is about providing support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems begin to emerge or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will start in the future. Children and families are entitled to early help if and when they need it. The school can make a referral for early help (with parental consent). If you think that you or a member of your family would benefit from a referral, please email student support (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be in touch. The Gloucestershire Family Information Service runs a website that offers support, including downloadable resources and can be visited using this link (www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk)
youngminds.org.uk: offers advice for young people and parents on a range of mental health issues. Includes a 24hr text service and a free parent helpline.
onyourmindglos.nhs.uk: offers young people in Gloucestershire mental health advice and support and where to find help locally and nationally.
ticplus.org.uk: based in Gloucestershire, Teens In Crisis offers online and face to face counselling, text and Freephone service for young people and families.
childline.org.uk: manned by trained counsellors, this site offers support 24 hours a day via email, phone or online chat.
thedoor.org.uk: Stroud-based charity that offers mentoring and youth sessions for young people aged 11-25, support with the transition from primary to secondary school and family support.
samaritans.org: national charity offering a free phone support 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts.
giveusashout.org: 24-hour text message support manned by trained crisis counsellors to help young people find space in times of crisis – send HELP to 85258.
themix.org.uk: national support service for young people who are going through difficult times, available via online chat, helpline or crisis messenger text message service.
winstonswish.org: offers support to children and young people following the death of a parent or sibling, through online chats, phone helpline, email and drop in sessions.
kidscape.org.uk: advice for parents, carers and young people who are facing bullying at school, home or work.
getsafeonline.org: tips on how to keep you and your child safe online.
parentzone.org.uk: experts in family digital life, offering insights into popular digital games and advice on parenting techniques.
papyrus-uk.org: young suicide prevention organisation.
kooth.com : Young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire can access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online mental wellbeing platform. Kooth is designed for young people experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low mood or stress. Counselling can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support. As well as the option of online counselling, there is an online support network where young people can join friendly discussion boards to connect with others having similar experiences. They can access journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice.
Calm Harm: uses various activities to help users to resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
Catch It: an online diary to help users understand and make sense of their mood.
Silvercloud: offers a range of supportive and interactive programmes to improve mental wellbeing.
Wellmind: NHS advice, tips and tools to help with stress, anxiety and depression.
Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM): self-help and private reflection exercises to help manage anxiety.
Fear Tools: an anxiety aid to help you combat generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and social anxiety disorder.
Rise Up + Recover: an app for managing eating disorders and body image.
School nurse text service: get advice on health issues during working hours by texting 07507 333351.
16 to 19 Tuition Fund 2021 to 2022 academic year
All funding that Marling School receives for 16 to 19 tuition will be directed towards one-to-one support for those students who have not achieved a GCSE Grade 4 in Mathematics or English Language.
Please see below in the pdfs for information on which boards and exam codes we use here at Marling school.
There are official documents which your son will need to be aware of during the exam/mock periods. These will be displayed outside the Examination room also.
Feeling unwell/accidents/injury etc:
Exam Certificates 2022:
A-Level exam certificates will be posted out via standard second class post in December 2022 to the home address that Marling has on file. If your address has changed, please let us know.
GCSE exam certificates will be given out via tutor groups in December 2022.
NB: EXAM BOARDS STATE THAT SCHOOLS SHOULD ONLY KEEP EXAM CERTIFICATES ON FILE FOR 1 YEAR. AFTER THIS THEY WILL BE DESTROYED.
IT WOULD THEN BE UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL TO RETRIEVE THEIR EXAM CERTIFICATE AT COST. PLEASE LOOK AT https://www.gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate
For useful information on school procedures, such as, what to do if your child feels unwell during the school day, or you would like to report a planned absence, please click on the download below.
You can also find below a copy of our Absence Request Form.
Please click on the pdf linked documents at the bottom of this page for the most complete information and GCC September transport arrangements
Where parents have organised transport to Marling School or Stroud High School and have made us aware of the arrangement, we will be pleased to publicise the information via our website. You may find it helpful to look at the website www.travelinesw.com which offers a variety of travel options for journeys. We are aware of the following parent-led/parent negotiated services. If you find out that any of the listed services are no longer running, please let the School know on 01453 762251 opt 4.
Thornbury/Falfield (added 3 March 2022)
We are looking to set up a new bus service/tag onto an existing route to provide a transport link from around the Thornbury (BS35) and Falfield (GL12) area to Stroud (Marling /Stroud High). Successes will depend on how many parents would require this service. We have a group of interested parents but currently would need more kids to make it economically viable. If you are interested in this route, please contact Maureen Newton on 07825 642288.
Wotton under Edge
Following a successful first year, an additional bus will be added to the Wotton under Edge to and from Marling/SHS route. Spaces now available for September. Any families requiring direct transport from Wotton under Edge should contact Kay Shearer on 07780671235 or email@example.com for more information about our good value, reliable and friendly minibus service. This is run in conjunction with the Gloucestershire minibus scheme who have been running not-for-profit school transport to both schools, at cost, for over 15 years! Safety is a key priority: all drivers are MiDAS qualified and DBS assessed – and all vehicles are fitted with 3-point seat belts to all seats.
Cheltenham, Shurdington, Brockworth & Painswick
Any families requiring transport from Cheltenham, Shurdington, Brockworth or Painswick should contact Graham Stanley (Gloucestershire Minibus Scheme) on 01453-762221 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our good value, reliable and friendly minibus service for Stroud High School and Marling. We have been running not-for-profit school transport to both schools, at cost, for over 15 years! Safety is a key priority: all drivers are MiDAS qualified and DBS assessed – and all vehicles are fitted with 3-point seat belts to all seats.
Lechlade, Fairford, Hampton Meysey, Poulton, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Stroud
Departing Lechlade at 7.10am and returning to Lechlade at 4.30pm. The bus will run straight through to Marling/Stroud High, stopping at Fairford and Cirencester and other locations along the route by arrangement. For full details and confirmation please contact Applegates on 01453 810314.
Blunsdon, Highworth, Lechlade, Fairford, Poulton, Meysey Hampton, Ampney Crusis and Cirencester
Contact Denwell Coaches on email@example.com for further information.
Latton, Cricklade, Ashton Keynes, Cirencester and surrounding villages
Run by Minibus Direct covering the following route - Cricklade, Ashton Keynes, South Cerney, Ewen, Kemble, and Coates. Follow the link to their website www.igobus.co.uk for further information, booking forms and prices. Should you need to telephone, the contact is Darren Brown on 0845 2268095.
Coaley/Dursley/Uley Bus Group – plus 2nd route from Berkeley to Cam via Woodend Lane & on to Stroud via Dursley & Uley (Spaces available) Minibus transport (via Gloucestershire Minibus Scheme) from Coaley, Cam, Dursley & Uley plus, from September 2022, a second bus from Berkeley Heath A38 via Woodend Lane, Cam, Dursley etc. Spaces still available (and waiting list begun for September 2023). Contact Belinda Holley on 01453 860604 (evenings – apologies for BT Call Minder) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this good value, reliable and friendly minibus service for Stroud High School and Marling, which has now been running at cost for over 15 years!
Swindon, Cricklade, Leith Ashton Keynes, South Cerney
Denwell are now running a service to Marling starting in Swindon (Asda, Thamesdown Drive) - email@example.com
Fairford, Poulton, Meysey Hampton, Ampney Crucis and Cirencester
Denwell run a service to Marling starting in Lechlade - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Company Contacts
The following companies currently provide services to Marling School:
For more information on bus routes to School, please contact Shire Hall Transport Department on 01452 425543.
Stroud Railway Station is a 15 minute walk from school and is an option for those living near Swindon, Kemble, Gloucester and Cheltenham Railway stations. Please see the www.nationalrail.co.uk website for timetable information. For child season ticket enquiries use tel 08457 484950.
To find out if you are entitled to financial help with transport to school, please visit the County Council website.