Well Being

Our Well Being Team

Mrs Penberthy, the Sixth Form SSA and administrator, works closely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead and wider SSA team to provide an exceptional and inclusive environment for our students. We aim to support vulnerable students with one-to-one mentor sessions and individualised support, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

Mrs T Penberthy (Sixth Form Student Support Advisor and Administrator)
Email: [email protected]

Mrs Head is also supported by:

Ms K Goodfellow (Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Email: [email protected]

Miss H Victory (Assistant Principal )
Email: [email protected]

Mrs T Sexton (Deputy DSL)
Email: [email protected]

Mrs M Wilkins  (Head of Sixth Form Year 13)

Email: [email protected]

Miss D Sametz 
Email: [email protected]

Tutor Team

Rivers Sixth Form tutors are highly regarded for supporting students academically, whilst also ensuring that their pastoral needs are met. Our team of specialist tutors work closely with students throughout the year, with daily registration, academic mentoring, communicating with teachers and parents when appropriate, and providing the best possible support for our students.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The learning support department, led by Ms S. Havard, helps students with SEND towards the goal of independent learning. Interventions are tailored to individual needs and may for example include one-to-one support with study skills and exam preparation, or in-class support. The department also offers specialist TA’s who are assigned based on student need. For further information on exam access arrangements, please contact Ms S. Havard on [email protected]

Well Being Support

Our vision:

At our Academy and Sixth Form, we believe that a young person who feels happy and looked after will achieve and be successful in their education. Due to this understanding we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for students, families and staff.

Personalised support available:

  • Drop in access to student support during non-timetabled lessons in the Sixth Form Office
  • School counsellor appointments via Student Support 
  • Open Door Policy to Mental Health First Aiders.
  • Use of the Wellbeing Space and Garden at break and lunchtime
  • Ormiston Rivers Academy Wellbeing Web page with links to external sources of support.
  • Wellbeing Learning Sessions through our Sixth Form PSHE curriculum.
  • Super-Curricular opportunities such as National Theatre Connections, Social Action Clubs and Journalism, amongst many others.
  • Opportunities to be part of the Sixth Form Leadership team
  • Opportunities to become a Wellbeing Warrior, supporting younger students

Suggested websites as sources of help:






We must make it clear that we are not healthcare professionals and if you feel that your wellbeing and mental health issues are significantly impacting your daily life then you must make an appointment to see your GP/doctor. They are there to help with mental and physical health. If you are in crisis or think that a friend or family member is in crisis then you must call EWMHS on 0300 300 1600.

 If you are a parent/carer of a Rivers Sixth Form student and feel that your child is in need of wellbeing support in Sixth Form then please make contact with the Head of Sixth Form for their year group via email (addresses above). For day-to-day issues then please ask for Mrs Penberthy who will be happy to help you.