Seeking help for problems

Coping with problems when things are difficult or have gone wrong is not easy.  But remember, it is not a sign of weakness if you feel you can’t manage on your own; it is more a sign of strength that you know when to ask for help.

Within School

As well as using your friends, in school or the boarding house, there are a range of others you can turn to for support:

  • your tutor (or another teacher you get on well with)
  • your Housemaster, Matron or other House Staff
  • the Vice Master
  • one of the Medical Centre nurses
  • the School Chaplain
  • the School Counsellor

What is counselling?

Counselling is a means of gaining help and support for the problems and difficulties faced in life.

COUNSELLING at Bedford School

A fully confidential counselling service for pupils, parents & staff is available at school during term time at the following times:

  • Monday 12.00 – 3.00pm (Bill Rosseter)
  • Monday 3.00pm – 5.00pm (Jennifer Cooper)
  • Tuesday 12.00 – 3.00pm (Bill Rosseter)
  • Wednesday 12.00 – 2.00pm (Alison Illman)
  • Thursday 12.00 – 5.00pm (Bill Rosseter)
  • Friday 12.00 – 2.00pm (Alison Illman)

Appointments can be requested via:

Counselling appointments are located at 6, Burnaby Road (next to the School Shop)

The School Counsellor, Bill Rosseter, is a qualified psychotherapist and accredited counsellor. He has worked at the School since 1992.


Alison Ilman is a qualified counsellor. She has worked at the school since April 2014.


Jennifer Cooper is a qualified counsellor. She has worked at the school since September 2018.