Students in Year 9 can apply to be a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are assigned to Year 7 form groups for two days per week where they assist the form tutor at registration on one of the days and on the second day they deliver a form task designed and created by the Peer Mentor. This helps to build relationships with the younger students and be a good role model. Peer Mentors provide pastoral support to Year 7 students if they do not wish to approach a member of teaching staff. All successful applicants receive training for the role.
Every week the Peer Mentors meet to discuss the outcomes of any reports of bullying and discuss strategies used to deal with any issues raised. The Ambassadors also design form activities focused on friendships, bullying, and self-esteem issues for the year 7 form groups each week which in turn, by visiting the forms they help to create good trusting relationships with the Year 7s.
The group updates the anti-bullying noticeboard with support services, competitions and events, as well as attending assemblies every half term to advertise the services the school have to offer to tackle bullying and introduce competitions to help stamp out bullying.
To support the school's ethos, Peer Mentors have supported Stockport Academy's anti –bullying system by checking the anti-bullying letter boxes that are placed on each floor every week. They also support an online reporting system which can be accessed via the school websites as well as advertised themselves as a person to seek when in trouble. The students give up their own time to deal with any matters that they receive.
Some of their other key achievements include:
- Organising anti-homophobia and anti-bullying week in May and November respectively
- Encouraging student engagement in anti-bullying through the creation of form tasks
- Raising money for charity through bake sales and similar events within the school
Peer Mentor Application Process
Each year a new group of Peer Mentors are recruited from students in Year 9. There is an application process and students must write a personal statement stating why they think they should be considered and what personal qualities they can bring to the role. All students who apply to be a Peer Mentor are interviewed by the Head of Year 9 and Pastoral Manager.
Click here to read the most recent job description for this year's Peer Mentors.