Ally Brennan, a specialist teacher, worked at Comberton Village College in 2009 and was always a
key figure within the extended schools partnership out of which the counselling project grew, Ally was
enthusiastic and passionate about this work. She passed away in February 2012 and it is in her
honour that the project has been named allyance.
allyance has been in existence since April 2009 following a consultation with headteachers across 27
schools in the CABMAG (Comberton, Bassingbourn, Melbourn and Gamlingay) area. The
overwhelming outcome was the lack of provision to support children experiencing difficult life events.
These schools decided to pool resources and use Government Funding (Extended Schools) to
establish an in-school counselling service. This funding came to an end in December 2011. Having
helped many children and their families, as many schools found this to be an invaluable service it was
decided that a new working model should be developed. The new model for schools is explained
elsewhere in the website. (See schools' info).
During the intervening years allyance has been a constant support for our schools, regardless of the
The findings from the Good Childhood Report which shows the latest trends in children's wellbeing
found that school, friendships and appearance continue to cause the greatest dissatisfaction in
adolescence. This year's report focuses on schools as vital settings that influence children's
wellbeing. The findings show feeling listened to in school was strongly associated with children's
overall happiness at school.
Our experience shows us that intervention work at an early stage helps prevent the escalation of
some of these young people's difficulties and improves their learning outcomes. We have always
strongly believed that providing experienced, fully qualified counsellors used to working within school
settings has been our strength.