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Foxfields Academy


Foxfields Academy is committed to going the extra mile and recognise that pupil’s requirements are ever changing and we therefore adopt a bespoke approach to support their needs. We provide a multitude of different therapies that can benefit our pupils.

Counselling (Talking Therapy & Play Therapy), Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Thai Hand Massage, FRIENDS Program and Lego Based Therapy.


(Talking Therapy and Play Therapy)
Counselling helps pupils explore their feelings and ability to express themselves by using various techniques in order for them to make sense of themselves and their life experiences. Counselling is delivered by our trained counsellor; Ian. These sessions take place each week and can be through traditional talking therapy between Ian and the pupil or through the use of games and a play therapy approach. Exactly which therapy will work best, for which pupil is allowed to develop quite naturally throughout the course of the weekly counselling sessions.
The sessions help the pupil to feel calmer and happier. The therapeutic approach taken is determined on a case by case basis, dependent upon what is appropriate for the age, abilities and development of the pupil, and according to what the pupils respond to best. It cannot change what has happened but it can promote resilience within each child to enable him or her to discover a more hopeful view of the world.

Occupational Therapy

Occupation therapy promotes, maintains and develops the skills needed by pupils to be functional in a school setting and beyond. The Occupation Therapy intervention considers the physical, social, emotional, sensory and cognitive abilities and needs of pupils. This can be assessed through formal assessments and observations in school and supported through targeted interventions, sensory diets, sensory equipment, and identified strategies.

Hayley is our Occupational Therapist and comes into Foxfields alternate Fridays to work with identified pupils.

 Lego Based Therapy

Lego Based Therapy is a social development programme that supports pupil’s communication, social skills such as turn taking, and collaboration. Foxfields has two trained Lego Based Therapists who facilitate natural opportunities for developing social competence through the Lego Based Therapy sessions. Within the sessions pupils are assigned different roles to build a kit following the instructions;
The Engineer – describes the instructions
The Supplier – finds the pieces
The Builder – puts the pieces together
The benefit to Lego Based Therapy is how engaging and enjoyable it is for the pupils whilst having a positive impact on their social communication.

 Music Therapy

Music therapy touches all aspects of the mind, body, brain and behaviour. Music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behaviour. Music Therapy goals work on managing difficult or distressing thoughts, feelings and emotions and look at developing alternative coping strategies to help during difficult times. Although talking can be very much a part of the Music Therapy process, it is certainly not essential and this means that for many, it is perceived as a less threatening form of therapy and accessible to everyone regardless of communication skills.
Fliss is a trained music therapist and delivers weekly music therapy sessions to identified pupils at Foxfields.

Friends Program

The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is a 10-12 week, intervention program based on cognitive behaviour therapy with the primary aim of reducing anxiety levels. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is recommended by the Department for Education (Mental health and behaviour in school 2014) and The World Health Organisation (Prevention of Mental Disorders 2004).
The aims of the programme are:
To reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression
To develop coping and resilience strategies to help deal with stress and worries
To develop emotional and social skills
To support positive engagement with learning
There are two trained FRIENDS Facilitators at Foxfields who deliver the FRIENDS program in tailored groups and promote FRIENDS strategies to all pupils.

Thai Hand Massage

Thai hand massage is a non-invasive treatment that induce a sense of well-being and can release muscular tension. Thai hand massage involves working the soft tissue of the hand that encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We have three staff members trained in Thai Hand Massage, this allows our pupils to receive this treatment at times of need. This may be throughout times of the day during lessons or activities as a technique to focus or reassure the pupil or as a timetabled opportunity for identified pupils. Whilst implementing the Thai Hand Massage the staff are teaching the pupils the techniques in order to promote pupils using the techniques as a self-care strategy independently and equipping them with this strategy for life beyond school.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as the primary mode of expression and communication. The Art Therapists role in Art Therapy is to facilitate communication of children’s thoughts and feelings through the use of art. Andri Theodorou is our Art Therapist at Foxfields Academy and Andri delivers Art Therapy sessions to identified pupils every Tuesday.

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