The role of the Learning Mentor is to assist teachers and pastoral staff by addressing the needs of students who require support to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their full potential.
We are fortunate at West Kirby Grammar School to have two Learning Mentors and a Teaching Assistant who support Key Stage 4 & 5 students. The Learning Mentors work alongside our Wellbeing Manager and in partnership with parents and teaching staff to offer advice and practical support to individual students to enable them to cope with the responsibilities and challenges of school life.
Some students need a little help with organisational skills or they may be picked up via our progress monitoring for under-achieving in certain areas. Some students may lack self-confidence, be overcoming a period of ill-health or have a difficult situation at home. The KS4 mentor provides a high level of support throughout such situations in a dedicated Learning Support Centre in the main school building. The KS5 mentor is based in our Sixth Form Centre, Easedale. She is our Assistant Head of Sixth Form, but also provides students with support regarding how to study, careers advice and much more.