When Cordeaux put out a call for volunteer learning mentors they were hoping for a few applications. An overwhelming 52 people put themselves forward and the approaches are still coming.
The mentors form part of a new support programme for pupils. Most mentors have received their training and sessions have started.
Volunteer mentors offer a range of help for any students who, it is felt, will be able to improve their progress with a little extra one-to-one time.
All of the mentoring will take place in school, in school time.
Mentors are currently offering a range of support from extra literacy and numeracy, to academic tracking, running self-esteem workshops and even running a school chess club.
This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to work alongside members of the local community and for the community to really make a difference in young people’s lives.