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The Listening Space

St Peter's 13-18

The Listening Space

Listening spaceWhat is The Listening Space?
The Listening Space is a safe space for any pupil to talk through their feelings and experiences in confidence and without judgment.

In The Listening Space, pupils will speak on a one-to-one basis with a Listener, who will value and appreciate their concerns. Pupils might be asked open questions and could be offered some simple words of advice

The Listening Space is not counselling, but it can help individuals to find their own way forward. 

When is The Listening Space open?
The Listening Space is open at a variety of times during the week. Availability of the service will be circulated to and displayed by Houses at the start of each term. 

Where is the Listening Space?
The Listening Space has its own room within the Careers Department.

How can pupils book an appointment?
Pupils can book appointments for The Listening Space by emailing or they can attend on a drop-in basis (as long as there is a Listener free at that time).  A poster with details of how to book or drop-in will be displayed in each House.

Who are the listeners?
Mr Simon Gowland
Born, bred and living in York for “half a century", Simon has been studying counselling since 2015 completing the Introduction into Counselling Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Counselling Level 3, both at York College. Simon has recently started his 3rd and final year at Northern Guild in Newcastle studying for the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, specialising in children and young people. For Simon, The Listening Space offers an essential welcoming, safe and confidential space for pupils to visit and take time to be listened to and heard as individuals. When not reading Simon can usually be found on the golf course trying to improve his handicap.

Rev Jones
Mr Jones or "The Rev" is the School Chaplain.  He studied Divinity at the University of St Andrews and Psychology at the University of East London.  He is an Honorary Minor Canon at York Minster and loves learning new things ... currently it's skiing.

Mrs Kaeli Wishart
Yorkshire born and bred, Mrs Wishart is a Careers Adviser, Tutor and teacher of LFL but has studied towards a Masters in Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring at York St John University.  Listening and empathy are her superpowers! Away from school she loves her garden and allotment and hopes to expand her repertoire by keeping chickens and bees in the future. She also dreams of having a whippet or two to keep her company at the ‘lotty’.

Mrs Joy Loftus
Mrs Loftus is the Head of Careers and Higher Education. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of York and is currently working towards her qualification in Therapeutic Counselling. Mrs Loftus loves to read, walk her dog, and surf (when it’s not too cold!).

Mr Jon Whitehouse
Having completed the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills at York College, Jon is now in his third and final year studying for a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling at The Northern Guild in Newcastle, working specifically with Children and Young People. Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), he feels privileged to be a part of the Listening Team. Jon said "Whatever our role in school, listening is at the heart of what we do, and I want our pupils to feel confident to speak openly and honestly, to not feel judged, but to feel heard and understood".