Peer Mentoring

At Outwood Academy Hemsworth we are very proud to be entering into our second year of our Peer Mentor Program. We have six fantastic post 16 peer mentors this year who are all passionate about making a difference to the lives of the students at OAH.

Last year, we had lots of 1-2-1 mentor sessions running throughout the week during tutor time, as well hour long sessions to support students with literacy and reading skills. This year, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are having to think outside the box about ways of mentoring, however we are all enjoying the challenges that these unusual circumstances are presenting. We have managed to think of new, innovative ways of providing support and guidance to the students of OAH.

So far, we have created lots of resources that were used during Anti-bullying week for all tutor groups from years 7-10. These ranged from videos to watch, to activities to complete, and allowed students to express their concerns around bullying. We have also started running our Peer Pen Pals group, which students can self refer to. This allows students to write to a mentor weekly, and allows them to receive support and guidance on a range of things that may crop up in academy life.

As the year continues, we hope to expand and improve on the mentoring we are able to provide.

Mrs Radford
Aspiring Leader

Meet the Peer Mentors

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Billy

What is your favourite subject and why?
My favourite subject is photography because it is a very interesting and creative subject.

What are your post 18 aspirations?
I would like to be an architect and have my own company.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
The best thing about the peer mentor programme that you can help in more than one way, it isn’t just a 1-2-1 mentoring programme that can help the people in the years below, you can also help with creating resources to be displayed on various events such as anti-bullying week.

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Becky

What is your favourite subject and why?
I love maths because it feels like I’m solving a puzzle, and it feels great to work so hard on a problem and finally get the answer.

What are your post 18 aspirations?
I hope to go to Cambridge university to study maths.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
It’s great to be able to help other students who might be struggling, especially since I’ve been through what they’re going through and know first hand what it’s like.

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Jess

What is your favourite subject and why?
Biology as I find it the easiest science to apply to life.

What are your post 18 aspirations?
I hope to apply to the gateway to medicine course at Bristol University.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
I enjoy developing communication with the younger students to find out how to help them.

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Leah

What is your favourite subject and why?
My favourite subject is psychology. l love psychology because it interests me learning why humans behave the way that they do and what can contribute to these behaviours.

What are your post 18 aspirations?
After I leave sixth form I would like to go to university with the hope of becoming a primary school teacher to inspire the minds of young children.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
In my opinion I believe that the peer mentoring programme is essential to guide younger students of Outwood Academy Hemsworth to their chosen aspirations.

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Jay

What is your favourite subject and why?
Psychology because it helps me understand the inner working of the human mind

What are your post 18 aspirations?
I would like to study a psychology degree at the University of Brighton and then progress to be a Psychology teacher.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
It helps older students develop supportive relationships with younger students and help out with any problems that they may have, such as organisation etc.

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Caitlin

What is your favourite subject and why?
I don’t have a favourite subject as I feel all the subjects I am taking contribute individual skills I will need for my future aspirations.

What are your post 18 aspirations?
When I leave post 16 I am hoping to go to Edge Hill University and study Social Work, which will lead me into my chosen career.

What is the best thing about the peer mentor programme at OAH?
In my personal opinion, the best thing about peer mentoring would be that it gives pupils lower down in school the chance to gain the support they need, that without the peer mentor programme would not have been able to receive.

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