A befriending / mentoring programme was set up at Sir John Lawes School in 2007 to support pupils particularly in Years 7 and 8.
The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation defines such work as ‘older pupils being used to support younger ones especially if they are new to the school, to give them some help with their studies or to discuss any school issues that may be worrying them.’
The programme runs very successfully with Year 12 and 13 students being trained as mentors. The mentors listen and keep discussions confidential, they offer support, help the mentee to organise their time, and share experience of school life and work.
Sessions are held once a week, during lower school form time through the school year.
Children are nominated by their Tutor and Year Head if they feel they might benefit from the scheme but requests from parents or children for a peer mentor will also be considered.
In July 2008 the school was awarded approved status by the Foundation and in May 2016 we were reaccredited as an approved provider of peer mentoring by the Foundation and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) .
If you have any questions, please contact the Year Head or the programme supervisor Mr M Fernandez.