Assertive Mentoring

What is Assertive Mentoring? Students are able to have one-to-one sessions with their Mentor, in which targets are set and action plans to achieve them are agreed.

At four points during the academic year, our normal mentoring programme will cease for two weeks to allow students to have one-to-one tutorials with their Mentors. The first of these will involve an interview to enable the Mentor to ascertain each of their educational and career aspirations, how far they have got thus far in identifying and / or achieving them and what steps they have taken to engage in other related activities – for example volunteering within and outside college, work experience and enrichment activities. There is a planned Enrichment Programme for Sixth Formers and Mentors will work with the Enrichment Manager to identify activities for the student to undertake and agree an action plan of these activities with the student. Click on the link for further Enrichment Programme details.

The three later Assertive Mentoring sessions will follow the issuing of the progress trackers, produced by subject staff, and focus very much on the students’ subject performance and achievements. However, the Mentors together with their students will compare the progress students have made against their target grades and those the students need to achieve to meet their aspirations; for example those required to gain entry to their desired university course or to their chosen career. The progress trackers will be sent out to parents so that they too can support and encourage students to achieve their full potential. As part of the Assertive Mentoring process Mentors will continually review the progress their mentees make against the targets they set.

The product of these meetings will be an agreed Action Plan detailing the actions required by the mentee or the support to be given to them to achieve their subject and enrichment targets. These will be given to the mentee, a copy held by the Mentor and a copy posted home by the Sixth Form Team.  

The Sixth Form Mentors:



MM Small

Mark Madriaga

Learning Leader for Visual & Media Arts

NM Small

Natalie Moorhouse

Learning Leaders for Humanities & Citizenship

DW Small

Dan Weaver

Teacher - Design & Technology