Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School

The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

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Mentoring

We firmly believe in providing structured opportunities for students to discuss their academic progress, behaviour, attendance and general school life are crucial and this provides the foundation for our whole school mentoring programme.

Every student in school has a named mentor; this is typically the lead or associate tutor, although some students who require additional mentoring maybe receive this from a member of the learning support or student support teams.

Why does it matter?

Governments across the world have recognised that successful youth transitions require a comprehensive framework of support to expand “learning and earning” opportunities.

We are aiming to:

  • Improve learning outcomes for our students
  • Develop positive wellbeing by increasing resiliency and optimism
  • Help students to develop positive relationships
  • Support students to set goals for their future
  • Support their personalised learning

Mentoring sessions are built into registration periods, although some teachers or support staff may ask to see a student during a different period of the day. There are 3-4 mentoring sessions during the academic year and the notes from these sessions are held on each student’s ISSP (integrated student support plan) as this allows all staff to see what the main themes of their mentoring sessions are. Sometimes, if there is a particular issue, staff may contact a parent or carer following a mentoring session, however, this isn’t usually required.

Students can request to have additional mentoring sessions if they need to and this could be for a variety of reasons such as during a period of transition e.g. moving from year 11 to Post 16 education, or perhaps if they are simply finding the demands of school or home more challenging.

All of our staff receive training on mentoring and are clear about their responsibilities in terms of sharing information when there may be concerns of a safeguarding nature.