Support for parents and Safeguarding

The transition to Sixth Form, adulthood and then a student’s post year 13 can offer a range of challenges beyond the academic curriculum. This page is is designed to help parents find the support they might need to assist their child, and to understand how we might be able to help.

Post Year 13 Options

Our students almost always go to university to study a STEM subject, whether as a full time student or as part of a Degree Apprenticeship.

There are also other options to consider like non-degree apprenticeships and employment. We support students with their next steps through a range of activities in school, including one to one careers advisor interviews.

The UCAS website gives an excellent overview of the whole process for applying to university and includes other options as well.

Apprenticeships- There is plenty of information available on websites like this one.   It is also worth looking at employers’ websites to see employment and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities in the industry that you would like to be in.

Adjusting to a new school in Year 12

We expect the transition from Year 11 to give some students a range of challenges, and it is normal for students to find some aspects of this difficult. We support this through a range of activities throughout the school year including open evening, taster days, STEM Saturdays, Easter schools, online lessons and induction days. These all help develop familiarity with the school, staff and potential future classmates.

Once students arrive in school at the start of Year 12, our small size helps the staff to get to know students quickly and support them as needed through our pastoral structure.  Each student will have a form tutor who will meet them every fortnight one to one to check in throughout the year, and be part of a small tutor group which meets weekly.  Year 13 students are routinely involved in supporting Year 12 students and there is an emphasis on collaboration and peer support throughout students’ time at ULMaS.  Some students find that it takes them a few weeks to feel settled while others feel settled within a few days.  Things that really help students who less socially confident are the residential visits that we arrange in Year 12 (it is particularly important for shy or quiet students to go on these visits to ensure they have these special opportunities to make friends and get to know people), and the recreational activities we arrange every Friday afternoon.

If you notice any changes in your child’s behaviour or attitudes, this might indicate they are finding something difficult or need to discuss something with us.  Please do get in touch with us at, and someone from the pastoral team will get back to you, normally within one working day.  We can often intervene in helpful and subtle ways even when a student feels that they should be able to cope without support.

How much should I expect to see them working at home?

We expect students to complete around two hours of work per night Monday-Friday. There will be times when this might need to be more (for example, around exams) or less (during visits/other activities).   We expect students to complete work that has been explicitly set as homework but we also teach them how to identify topics that they need to work on personally, and get on with this without waiting for a teacher to tell them to do it.  This is a key part of how we prepare students for university and successful careers.

Our timetable is very full and students have a great deal of contact time with our teachers, both in the A-Level focused lessons and the wider curriculum such as AMP (our academic enrichment programme) and PPEP (the pastoral curriculum) with plenty of enrichment within subjects and planned opportunities for the development of “soft skills” for employability, such as teamwork and communication. 

Supporting Good Mental Health

Mental health and wellbeing is a high priority in school.  We offer a range of strategies to help students and staff members maintain good mental health through our pastoral support and our pastoral education programme. We are pleased that it is becoming a normal part of health management and school culture to discuss our mental wellbeing openly and we develop awareness of this in our Pastoral and Personal Development Programme (PPEP).


A mental health charity committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers on the following:

The charity has a special support service for young persons struggling to cope. They can text YM to 85258 for free, 24/7 support.

Young Mind’s mental health guide for parents during exam time


This mental health charity’s Infoline provides an information and signposting service. They are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

0300 123 3393 – Open Mon-Fri from 9am–6pm.

Mind’s useful information page for parents and carers

YPAS (Young Person’s Advisory Service)

YPAS is a Merseyside based Charity that supports children and young people aged 5 – 25 years and their families to address their mental health and emotional well-being difficulties.


Shout is the UK’s first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Your child can text ‘Shout’ to 82558 and ask for support.

Supporting those with Neurodiversity

We have students who join us with a range of neurodiverse characteristics such as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or childhood trauma. Being a small and caring school we quickly establish a student’s needs on admission, liaising with you as a parent, to ensure they get the support they need in school. We do often have students that might not have been supported for their neurodiversity before, perhaps linked to their high achievement in their previous school. We can support with diagnosis, which can also be started via their GP.

Useful links:

ADDvanced Solutions has a Community Network which encourages, equips and empowers children, young people and their families living with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning difficulties and associated mental health needs. Our engaging, community-based, learning, coaching and mentoring programmes will help you and your family to better recognise, understand and meet your individual needs, enabling you to manage the day to day challenges.

The NHS website has information on how to get started on a diagnosis for neurodiverse conditions like ASC and ADHD.

Balancing support and challenging areas to improve

We promote independence and aim to develop this so our students leave Year 13 ready to succeed in their chosen pathway. Some students need more support with this than others. It can be difficult at home to know how much support and challenge would be right for 16-18 year olds.  We’re happy to arrange meetings with parents to offer our perspective on this and agree strategies that we can use together.

Financial Support

We can support students with free school meals or the 16-19 Bursary. On enrolment students will be given information  on how to apply for this support. There is other support available from a variety of sources, some of the links below might be worth looking at.

Turn2us – a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Working Families – A charity that helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

The Trussell Trust – find a local food bank: Find a Food Bank – The Trussell Trust

Citizen’s Advice – an independent organisation specialising in confidential information and advice to assist people with legal, debt, consumer, housing and other problems.

Who do I contact if I am concerned about something?

If you contact the school via or call us on 0151 6400 397 we will pass the message onto the appropriate person to assist you.

More specific safeguarding support links

Below are some links that might be useful for a range of safeguarding issues you might encounter.


Radicalisation and Extremism

Young people can be targeted by extremists, often online, to be radicalised into supporting this extreme viewpoint. It is important to be attentive to sudden changes in behaviour and lookout for tell-tale signs.

Education against hate is a government website setup to help counter the risks for radicalisation and extremism, this link is the section with information for parent.


Online Safety

Parent Zone | At the heart of digital family life – a parenting organisation working to make the online world a safer, more positive place for families and children.

UK Safety Internet Centre Parents and Carers Information – this page provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.

Think U Know Advice for Parents and Carers on Internet Safety – Access information and resources for parents and carers on keeping your child safer online including conversation starters and video guides.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)– If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online you can let CEOP know. Child Protection Advisors will make sure you get the help you need.


Domestic Abuse/Violence

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm – This government guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to and signposts you to help and support available. It also includes information on the support providers who can help you have effective conversations with a young person.

Our school is part of Operation Encompass which is a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and police forces. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse and other issues that may impact upon their wellbeing. Our police force will now share details about children who are missing from home with us so that we can appropriately understand and support their needs when they return. 

As a school we have ensured that a member of our staff, Designated Safeguarding Lead and their deputy, known as a Key Adult, has been trained in the Operation Encompass procedures allowing us to then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the child/ren in our care.  

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 identifies children who experience domestic abuse as victims of domestic abuse in their own right. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.


Honour Based Abuse/Violence

Karma Nirvana run the national Honour Based Abuse Helpline, train professionals, gather data to inform policies and services, and campaign for change. 


Sexual and Criminal Exploitation

There are dangers for young people to be exploited. This can happen in person or online. For example drug gangs are grooming children in Merseyside, so it helps to know what to look for and know who to help.

Eyes Open is the Campaign to stop criminal exploitation and you can fine out more on this link.

If needed you can call Merseyside Police on 101, or in an emergency call 999.

Fearless is a safe place where you can report a crime, and get information.


Knife Crime and Gangs

If you are concerned about this their are a variety of resources and support. Fearless can be a safe place to report a crime, and get information. 

The NSPCC has information and support for anyone concerned our gangs and child exploitation. As do CEOP who were mentioned in online safety above.

KnifeSavers is a new campaign to educate and empower people on how to treat life threatening knife injuries.


Head Injuries

Medical advice is of course important for a variety of issues. We have first aiders in school but expert advice should be sought when needed. One example is head injuries, and we would like to share the advice on the NHS website regarding what to do for head injuries.