With the Somerset Community Foundation, we have recently launched a Raising Aspirations mentoring programme. Forty students in Years 7 and 8 will meet with mentors from the community once a month until Year 11. The programme will be evaluated by researchers at the University of the West of England. A similar programme in another Somerset school has seen very significant rises in the aspirations of their students.
Mentoring at the academy is not limited to Years 7 and 8. Many of our Year 11 students are given a mentor as they prepare for their GCSE. Other students are also given mentoring support as and when they need it.