New Sixth Form mentors thriving at Cromwell Community College
Sixth Form students at Cromwell Community College are flourishing in their new roles as volunteer mentors – providing support, guidance, and care to the school's new primary pupils.
Cromwell, part of The Active Learning Trust, is home to a new purpose-built primary provision and pre-school facilities with the second intake of Reception pupils having started at the school in September.
Twenty Year 12 students have played a vital role helping these new pupils settle in and have been mentoring with a range of activities including lunchtime support, Forest School, how to use an iPad, developing computing skills, and reading sessions.
Across the school, these students are also assisting with Breakfast Club before school to help parents who have to go to work early, and are acting as reading mentors, academic mentors, wellbeing mentors, and assistant librarians.
Jane Horn, executive headteacher, said: “We are thrilled with how well our Year 12 students have settled into their new roles as volunteer mentors, they have ignited a real sense of community and pride.
“It has been great to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and inspire them to fulfil their potential. Our Reception and Year 1 pupils love working with our Sixth Form students too and it has been fantastic to already see the positive impact the mentoring is bringing.
“Their dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm has been so impressive – they really are wonderful role-models to the rest of the school.”
One Sixth Form mentor, Justin said: “It is a fun experience especially Forest school and helping the pupils with their social skills at lunchtime.”
The primary provision will grow year on year until it reaches its capacity of 210 children and will help to combat the growing need for primary school places in Chatteris and the surrounding area.
The £14.6 million expansion has also seen the creation of an additional 12 secondary teaching classrooms, as well as new food technology rooms, science laboratories, a cafeteria, sports pitches, play areas and landscaping.