The Mentoring scheme aims to support the emotional wellbeing of pupils as well as encourage them to help and learn from each other and develop important life skills, such as empathy, commitment to others, and teamwork.
What is peer mentoring?
A small team of pupils are selected and trained as peer mentors - to be a point of contact and role model for younger pupils, help them to resolve everyday school issues, and take positive action to prevent bullying.
How is it organised?
Traditionally, mentors were Year 11 pupils and they were paired with pupils, with whom they met weekly over lunch. However, over time, at the request of pupils, this has evolved to encompass mentors from all year groups, who may be assigned to an entire class and support the class in lessons.
Each cohort of mentors makes their own suggestions about how they wish to arrange support. In the past this has included a designated mentor for The Link, to support pupils' transition into main school and mentors assigned to Key Stage 2 to assist pupils with reading.
Some pupils get involved in projects designed to improve our school. For example, previous mentors have designed a prospectus for new-starters based on the pupil-wide survey they undertook to obtain pupils' views on what young people need to know about our school. Click below for the Prospectus.
How can pupils access peer mentoring?
Our scheme runs on a informal basis, which we know from pupils is what they prefer. Many pupils approach staff to discuss mentoring and staff may make suggestions about individual pupils who may benefit from peer support. Parents and carers can refer their child by speaking to the relevant TA or form tutor.
If you are interested in finding out more about peer mentoring, please contact Teaching Assistant, Dan Ramage.
We look forward to hearing from you.