Queen Mary’s College takes the health and welfare of its students extremely seriously and has been highly praised for this by students, parents, vistors and Ofsted.“Care, guidance and support are outstanding. Students rightly place high value on the academic and pastoral support they receive from their teachers and tutors. Support is prompt and meets students’ needs extremely well.” (Ofsted)
Our one to one consultation system enables students to develop close relationships with Personal Tutors whom they can talk to about any aspect of their studies, including health and welfare issues. This is backed up with a huge range of welfare services, many of which are located on site.
Confidential Counselling Service
If you have a personal problem while you are at College, which you don’t want to talk to your Personal Tutor about, you may want to use our confidential Counselling Service where you will be warmly welcomed whatever your concern. Students can ask their Personal Tutor or any teacher to make an appointment for them or they can self-refer in confidence.
Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic
Incidents of sexually transmitted diseases are high in 16-20 year olds, so we advise students to take advice from our friendly, free and confidential Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic available every Tuesday by appointment only. Contact Victoria Harris from the Solent NHS Trust to arrange, via the College Help Desk, on 01256 417500
Quit smoking clinic
The College is committed to becoming a non-smoking site. To that end we provide support for any student trying to quit
Qualified First Aiders
We have numerous fully qualified first aiders throughout the College who are on hand should there be an accident or emergency, or if a student is unwell and help is needed.
The Help Desk is the first point of call if any student needs assistance or has any queries. They can help you with getting the support you need, whatever it is.
Our Personal Advisor is in College every day and can assist with housing, benefits, drug related issues and sexual health. You can book an appointment via your Personal Tutor or by going along to room 532 (in the Library).
We have full time Learning Mentors in College who are available to assist students, with a wide array of issues, should a problem arise.
Healthy and Active Provision
We encourage our students to take part in sports and exercise, and to lead a healthy lifestyle. As a student at the College you will have free membership of own Sports Centre (subject to completing a personal induction for which there is a one-off fee*) and swimming pool which you can use throughout the week. We also run an extensive programme of sports and activities which you can get involved with.
*Please talk to the Sports Centre Manager if you require financial support. In such cases the fee can be waived.
The five 'Every Child Matters Outcomes' are at the heart of all we do, and as a result:
“The extent to which students are able to make informed choices about their own health and well-being and make a positive contribution both to the college and wider communities is outstanding” (Ofsted, May 2010)
Safeguarding is a high priority for us, at all levels. Ofsted noted that “Students feel exceptionally safe around the college as a result of the very good arrangements for safeguarding and the college’s culture of support and inclusion.” We take any instance of bullying or harassment extremely seriously and students are encouraged to seek support with these issues in a number of ways.