Diamond Education Service was asked to mentor a group of year 11 boys at Northwood School in Hillingdon as part of a development programme aimed at keeping the boys on track, motivated and with the aim of helping them reach their full potential at a crucial period in their GCSE preparation.
The programme was held over a period of 15 weeks and the boys were involved in both group and individual sessions with their mentor. Support was given on a number of identified areas such as study skills, anger management, meeting deadlines, and managing difficult situations.
The boys responded extremely well to the attention! Staff at the school were very pleased with the improvement in the boys’ attitude to learning over the mentoring period.
The headteacher, Mark Anderson, said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for bringing the mentoring programme to Northwood. The students really found it beneficial and in the final few months we saw a real shift in their self-belief and determination to do well. We’d love to be involved in any similar projects in the future.”
The boys were rewarded at the end of the mentoring programme with a game of bubble football on the astro turf pitch at school (see photo), followed by pizza and brownies.
The boys’ year tutor, Dom Beer, said: “I just wanted to let you know that the football was great fun and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Just want to say a massive thank you to you for organising, the boys and myself really appreciate your hard work.”