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St Columba's College Portaferry
Celebrating our best ever GCSE results 100% of our Year 12 pupils gained 5 or more GCSE grades A*-C, with 73% achieving 5 or more including English and Mathematics
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School Counselling Service

School Counsellor, Frances Rodgers
School Counsellor, Frances Rodgers

St Columba’s College has an independent counselling service run by Familyworks. One of their counsellors, Frances Rodgers, comes into school 1 day per week.

Counselling is a way of helping people through talking and listening. The young person is provided with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about their problem so they can understand themselves and their situation better and therefore giving new ways of coping.

Counselling takes place on a one-to-one basis.  The counsellor and client will normally sit with one another for a half an hour to discuss any issues the individual may have.

Counselling is voluntary and takes place with the agreement of the young person. This will be drawn up as an agreement between the young person and the counsellor.

Referrals may be made by the young person, parents or school personnel. Each pupil is given a referral slip and counselling leaflet explaining the service at the beginning of the year. They can fill out the referral slip and put it into the counselling postbox situated at the bottom of the stairs outside the staffroom or email Mrs Dumigan at and she will forward it toFrances.

Parents can also raise a concern using the same email address and all communication will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.


School Counselling Booklet


Family Works Link

This is the link to our School Counselling Service provider: