Gifted students in Year 10 are mentoring their peers and younger students in an intervention designed to boost performance and raise aspiration.
The sessions take place during tutor times on Wednesdays and Thursdays and they are co-ordinated by teachers Roisin Fernando and Ben Johnson.
Ms Fernando said: ‘This allows the more able students, who are either in the same age group or the year above, to tutor our students who are not necessarily struggling but who have a certain topic they need to work on. These students could be making their minimum target but want to reach their aspirational level.'
The scheme is monitored by Year 10 top set students and it was trialled last year when it worked really well.
This year 20 students from Year 7 and 15 from Year 8 are taking part in the scheme. Miss Fernando said: ‘We use the tests they sat at the beginning of the term to identify their weaknesses and also teacher recommendation. The students love it and attend for a term. At the end we will reassess and if they have made the required progress it is up to them if they want to continue. It has been really successful and other departments are looking at implementing similar schemes.’