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Mangotsfield Secondary

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Vertical Tutoring

At Mangotsfield school we want to generate an ethos of belonging. We have 52 mentoring groups made up of 20 mixed aged students, a mentor and where possible a co mentor.

This means that there are always experts in the room that can give advice, mentor, provide friendship, or even give that little helping hand in times of need.

Ask any of the students and they will tell you they love having their own mentoring little family that they see once a day.

This is also a bonus for parents because communication is much better for them, knowing that their child’ mentors is at the end of a phone line or an email away.

The students will stay in the same mentor groups for 5 years and hopefully remain with their same mentor through-out. This means that their mentor will know them better than anyone else in the school. This also allows the school to run academic review evenings where parents can have quality time, at their convenience with their child’s mentor to check on progress and well-being.

The vertical mentoring also means that we can deliver physical, social, health, cultural and moral topics informally in a supportive environment through our mentoring programme. Mentors and students will deliver sessions on topical news, school values, and mindfulness.

The highlight of the week is probably the House assembly which starts with the House song being played. Students get to see their standing against others houses in terms of attendance, tokens and house competitions.

Each week there is a secret student that can win big points for their house if they have been a “good” student when the spotlight has fallen on them.

All mentors have received THRIVE training and although are there to ensure their mentees always “do the right thing” they are also there to nurture, support and facilitate the child’s development through the school.