The Peer Mentor Programme was set up in 2009 with the aim of providing a support service for pupils by pupils.
Year 10 pupils apply to become a peer mentor during the Summer Term. The successful applicants are given training in listening skills and taught about the importance of confidentiality and when information needs to be passed on. They attend regular meetings with the Peer Mentor Coordinator and are encouraged to work as a team and support each other.
Peer Mentors are assigned to year 7 forms to help their transition into Secondary school and are also available as a source of support for their peers throughout the year. The scheme is very successful at enabling pupils to have another source of support when they themselves or their friends have an issue.
We currently have 15 Year 11 Peer Mentors, who are available to speak to students in a confidential setting. They can help with organisation or can listen to any worries a student might have such as bullying, friendship issues or homework.
To make a confidential appointment to see a Peer Mentor please fill in a card at Pupil Services, or in the Chill Zone, and post it in the yellow box. Alternatively you can always speak to a Peer Mentor directly – they will be wearing a yellow Peer Mentor badge.