The King’s Hospital School’s Guidance and Counselling Department provides specific services and inputs for the pastoral, social, educational and vocational development of all pupils.
Guidance counsellors and members of a Safety Circle participate in and co-ordinate the school guidance and counselling service.
The Safety Circle consists of guidance counsellors, chaplain, nurses, school counsellors and the head of pastoral care. It provides support to parents, teachers, the headmaster, Board of Management and referral agencies in assisting the personal and social, and the career and educational development of pupils.
We provide three main areas of counselling:
- Personal guidance and counselling
- Educational guidance and counselling
- Career guidance and counselling
Personal counselling empowers pupils to make decisions, solve problems, change behaviour and resolve issues in their lives, through individual or group counselling, or by referral to the school counsellor or another outside agency.
Educational counselling helps pupils identify their strengths and weaknesses by using various aptitude and interest tests. These tests are used as part of our holistic approach.
Career guidance is designed to help pupils to grow into young adults who can take charge of their future, identify personal objectives and deploy their own talents and gifts, and to realise their potential. This is achieved through:
• Helping pupils identify vocational goals
• Developing vocational self-analysis skills
• Providing career information
• Explaining the pathways into third-level education
• Encouraging pupils to make and carry out appropriate life choices and plans
• Helping students practise interview techniques, and to write CVs and cover letters
• Help students identify their strengths and weaknesses through interest and aptitude tests
• Making pupils aware of different career areas through various career events in the school
• Demonstrating to pupils how to use ICT, interest searches, CD Roms and career-related computer programmes