School seeks ‘role models’ for new mentoring scheme

A SCARBOROUGH school is looking for business leaders from across the region to help with its new mentoring scheme.

Scalby School, in Fieldstead Crescent, is setting up a business mentoring programme in a bid to develop pastoral care and promote links with local companies in the Scarborough area.

The scheme has been created with the intention of seeing local business people and professionals visit the school to mentor Year 11 students over a six-week period during their final year at the school.

Geoffrey Collier, project leader for coaching and mentoring at Scalby School, said: “I am really excited about the benefits this programme can offer our students.

“As a school we strive to offer every student outstanding individual support so that each can realise his or her full potential both in the academic field and in the world of work.

“The programme is aimed at offering one-to-one support for targeted Year 11 students who are achieving borderline C and D grades in their GCSEs, and would benefit from the influence of a positive role model as they prepare for their transition into further education or employment.

“We are looking for volunteers who feel they could make a real difference to a young person’s life by helping students commit to a process of positive change in line with agreed personal goals, thereby raising their aspirations for both their final year at Scalby School and for their future education and employment.

“I am sure the mentoring relationship would also be a valuable and rewarding experience for the mentors.”

The scheme will start in an initial meeting at training session at the school with Mr Collier, who will outline how the programmne will run.

The mentoring programme will then run for six weeks, starting the week commencing Monday October 31.

Each mentoring session is designed to last for one hour, and will take place once a week at the school, with the intention that sessions will start at the end of the school day at 2.30pm.

Anyone business person who may be able to help with the initiative and act as a mentor, or who wants to find out more about the programme, is asked to contact Mr Collier at Scalby School via email on