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Place2Be at Cranbrook School

Place2Be is a national charity working in schools to improve the confidence and wellbeing of children and young people.

How Place2Be works 

Laura Mercer is our School Project Manager who works closely with our Heads of Houses, the Safeguarding Team and the Medical Centre as well as other staff across the school. In Crane House we have a dedicated room where young people can go to express themselves and think about their worries through talking and creative work. Trained Counsellors support this process, helping young people to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.   

Times when we are useful  

There are times when young people might feel particularly sad, stressed, anxious or angry, due to problems such as bullying or friendship issues, worries about school, or difficulties at home. Some young people may become withdrawn; others may become more challenging in their behaviour. Having Place2Be in school is especially helpful at these times. 

How we help young people  

Place2Be’s professionals work with young people one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it. Young people can also book a short 20-minute appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk. 

How we help adults  

Place2Be supports teachers and school staff members via a consultation service called Place2Think. This means teachers can access advice, support and training which in turn helps the whole school to thrive. Place2Be also provides support and advice for parents and carers. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more. 


We routinely meet with parents to discuss their worries about their children through our ‘Parent Partnership’ support. However, specific details of what students say within the room are confidential unless the Counsellor has concerns about the student’s safety. In this case, Place2Be’s School Project Manager will then liaise with the appropriate school staff member.  

 Any questions?  

You are welcome to talk to Laura Mercer, the Place2Be Project Manager, either face-to-face or via telephone 01580 711 800 (ext:368) or email mailto:mercerl@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk.

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