The Purpose and Benefit of the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary and Haven are our wellbeing suites.  Their purpose is to provide our learners with a discreet location and someone that they can go to for help and support, if they should need it.

The staff are fully trained to support a range of Wellbeing concerns and have close links with specialist agencies if required.

Our Sanctuary and now the Haven have enabled students to engage with their education in a positive and supportive environment outside of the classroom.

The staff facilitate a number of small group and 1:1 wellbeing, behavioural and learning opportunities.


What we can offer

Having access to the extra space and rooms provided by the Sanctuary benefits the school enormously by increasing our ability to facilitate a wider range of interventions and group workshops such as:

• School Council meetings
• Fire Rescue Training Project Phoenix
• Engage drug & alcohol
• Police Clinics & Restorative Justice
• Parent Consultations
• Smoking Cessation Work Shops
• School Council Meetings
• School Counsellor
• Inspire to Achieve
• Healthy Living
• Bron Afon Community Housing

• Changing Minds
• Llamau Emphasis
• Melin Homes
• Sports Development Positive Futures
• Social Communication Literacy
• Anxiety Strategies
• Anger Management
• ELSA Strategies
• Exam Stress
• Families First

Wellbeing Intervention Self- Referral Form

St Alban’s Pupils – If you feel you would benefit from meeting with a member of the Sanctuary team, please complete the below form and someone will be in touch shortly. Please note, forms are only processed during school hours, so if you feel you need help/support outside of these hours please contact your GP or call NHS 111.

Young Carers

Supporting young carers in school is crucial to ensuring their overall wellbeing and academic success. Young carers have unique responsibilities such as caring for a family member with a disability or illness. At St Alban’s we support young carers by providing resources such as access to support groups. By providing a supportive environment, we can help young carers thrive both academically and personally.


If you or your child feels that you would benefit from this support then please contact us on 01495 765800. Also, please visit the website below for further help, information and advice for young carers, parents and guardians.

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