Student Wellbeing

The college is dedicated to nurturing not only the talent and individual progress of each student but also their psychological wellbeing. The faculty is very experienced in matters relating to the health and education of young people and of the particular issues concerning this age group.

All students have access to an independent, confidential counsellor who can deal with issues concerning mental health and wellbeing.

At Wilkes Academy we also view the health of all our dancers as paramount and as such have provision in place to address any injuries our students may incur. We are privileged in the sense that we have our own sports injury specialists who visit the academy every week. Dancers attend the clinics to receive expert advice and treatment.

​The College provides a number of services to support you:

Student Liaison Officer

Our student liaison officer will

  • Support students with personal, social, health and wellbeing matters on a day-to-day basis. The wellbeing advisor may signpost you to other support services as appropriate
  • Arrange dedicated termly tutorial sessions for groups of students to advise on wellbeing issues (eg esafety, drugs and substance misuse, dealing with stress, healthy lifestyles and much more)
  • Meet students for 1:1 tutorials and progression checks as appropriate
  • Keep an eye on attendance, punctuality and progress and take appropriate actions to keep students on track
  • Liaise with parents of students on welfare issues and action accordingly


Professional Counselling is available to students on a weekly basis on our college site. Referrals to this intervention are made via the student liaison Officer.

Dr of Chiropractic

Dr Sally Hobbs Bsc DC visits the academy twice a week, the sessions are available at the academy to help support students with injuries. As a Chiropractor Sally will look at all the joints in the body, she has been trained to a medical degree standard and then specialised in musculoskeletal disorders. Sally uses lots of techniques, and will tailor the treatment to suit the individual, she will make sure the students understand their injury, help to restore movement and reduce pain, but most importantly work out what to do to make sure it won’t happen again.

Sports Therapy

Suzanne Woodruff BSc (hons) visits the academy weekly, the physiotherapy and sports injury clinic is available at the academy to help support injury rehabilitation. Suzanne also has a FdSc in Sports Science as well as qualifications in fitness and weight bearing exercise. Her specialisms are remedial massage, functional rehabilitation and Dance injuries. 

Chartered Physiotherapist

Mark Skull is on call to the academy should a student need immediate treatment. Mark specializes in manual therapy, sports injuries, spinal complaints, ergonomics and biomechanics and works closely with GPs and orthopaedic consultants using the most modern and researched methods.


Every teacher promotes the healthy performer within their classes, they all speak from experience so their knowledge is vast in this area. We have connections with nutrition specialist Ronny Terry where individual advice can be made available to students on request.

Additional learning support

If students have a specific learning difficulty or disability which may present them with barriers to learning, students will have an opportunity to discuss this with us before the start of the course.  In and out of class support can be arrange by Wilkes academy as appropriate.

Out of college hours:

If students need any support out of normal college working hours, students can also contact the following: or call free on 116 123

In an emergency always call 999

For further information on welfare and support provisions at Wilkes academy please contact or 01793 618228


Wilkes academy is committed to keeping you safe in an environment where you can flourish and achieve. We promote British Values through our Respect and Prevent campaigns and aim to make our staff and students aware of, and how to respond to, risks such as:

  • Physical, emotional abuse and neglect
  • Internet safety
  • Bullying & Cyberbullying
  • Extremism & Radicalisation (Prevent)
  • Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Financial abuse
  • Domestic violence

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