Our very successful and nationally recognised Peer Mentoring Scheme was set up in April 2008 and from then it has gone from strength to strength.
In the summer term Year 9 students are invited to apply for the role of “Peer Mentor” and following a rigorous interview process 15 are selected. They then take part in various training sessions in order to develop their skills and prepare them for their Peer Mentoring roles.
During the summer term all Peer Mentors then visit our feeder Primary Schools to talk to the Year 6 students about their role at Headlands School and assure them that support is always there if they needed it as they made the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
All Peer Mentors are easily identifiable to the rest of the school by their eye catching black and red hoodies and black polo shirts. Throughout the school there are various notice boards with pictures of the Peer Mentors for all to see. We also advertise the specific days that the Peer Mentors will be available in the room so that the mentees will know when a particular mentor is available.
All Peer Mentoring takes place in the ‘Peer Mentoring Room’ which is open to students before school, at break, at lunchtimes and after school. We operate a drop-in centre as well as one to one mentoring.
As a Peer Mentoring team we strongly support and promote the ethos of anti-bullying. We are fully involved in the National anti-bullying week in November and see that as an ideal opportunity to highlight the issues surrounding bullying. We also have a bullying board which reiterates the safe haven that the Peer Mentoring Room can provide for all our students.
If you have any issues regarding Peer Mentoring then please do not hesitate to contact us. The Co-ordinator of the programme is Miss Massey and she can be contacted either via the main reception or email: Emily.Massey@headlandsschool.co.uk