Northwood School mentoring programme

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.”

Mayor of Haringey visits DES

Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek, the Mayor of Haringey, visited Diamond Education Service on 16 December 2016 to hear about the launch of our new company in the borough.

The Mayor is appropriately using his year as the mayor to boost the effectiveness of health and education in the borough and so he was very interested to hear about our work with schools, academies and colleges.

The Mayor is planning to hold another careers fair for Haringey school children in early 2017 and has invited DES and our sister company, Diamond Build plc, to attend; we look forward to assisting the Mayor in his endeavours as education is close to our hearts too.

It was an honour to host the Mayor and we are grateful for the time he took out of his schedule to meet the staff and visit our office in Stamford Road.



The Mayor, Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek (centre) meets DES staff (l-r): Lesley Tucker, John Gray, Linda Prince and Robert Hawker.



The Mayor of Haringey, Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek, in our boardroom, with DES chairman, John Gray.