Counselling Service Information

St Martin’s counselling and psychotherapy service for staff and parents/carers is entirely self-referral, so anyone that wants to talk to a counsellor can go directly to them via their website and fill out an assessment form and they handle the rest. The counselling can be delivered face-to-face in their centre, or remotely (online or by telephone). This is entirely up to preference.


Their counselling has a cost, but relative to private therapy is extremely affordable as they fundraise to subsidise costs. However, for anyone on benefits or unwaged who are registered with a Birmingham GP, counselling is free. Otherwise, the fees range from £20-45 scaled to annual income.

Personal income up to £20,000 | £20.00

Then it is simply an additional £1 for every £1,000 of income over £21,000
For example:
Income of £21,000  | £21.00
Income of £22,000 | £22.00

and so on up to a maximum of £45.00 

They also offer cognitive behavioural therapy to those registered with a Birmingham GP, which does not have a cost.

See the leaflet below for further information.

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Free School Meals

In light of the current circumstances, it is possible that family financial situations may have changed and that your child may have become eligible for free school meals and we strongly recommend you apply if you believe you may be eligible.

It is quick and easy to find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals by applying through the online checking service which will instantly advise you if your child is eligible. Your details are also updated automatically so there is no need for a formal review process, everything is kept up to date after your initial application.  You can apply online at please email if you are advised that your child is eligible so that the free school meal allowance can be applied straightaway to your child’s dinner account. 

When completing your application you will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number/National Asylum Support Service Reference Number to enable this process to be completed.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

In addition, for every child on Free School Meals, we will also receive additional funding (Pupil Premium) from the Government which we will use to use support teaching and learning. Therefore, by undertaking this simple test, you will also be benefitting our school.

if you need any further support or assistance in completing your application, please contact