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Stoke City helps academy pupils with mentoring programme

Thistley Hough Academy pupils benefit from Stoke City's Community Trust Transition and Mentoring Programme

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 01, 2017 | Sports & leisure

Stoke City’s Community Trust have teamed up with students from Thistley Hough Academy in Stoke-on-Trent to help them make the transition from school to college or training.

The Transition and Mentoring Programme means that any students at the academy needing extra support to develop their skills can receive one to one coaching on anything, from making college applications to interview techniques, dealing with exam stress or assistance with revision.

The programme also offers the students access to a dedicated study space at the football club.

Sue Greenhalgh, Careers Advice and Guidance Coordinator at Thistley Hough Academy, said this was the second year the academy was working with the premiership club after it worked so well for their students last year.

 “The programme is a wonderful opportunity for our students who may not have the support or facilities at home to help them progress successfully onto college or further training,” said Sue. “This year, 10 of our students will benefit from the scheme, offering them one-to-one support from now right through to October and beyond if they need it. The results of them of having such an invaluable source of extra help are multiple, from improved confidence to raising their aspirations and an increased awareness and improvement in essential workplace skills which are crucial for their future success.”

The key aim of the programme is to prepare students for their future career and provide ongoing support. Stoke City Community Trust take referrals from schools across the year from Year 11 pupils and then go into schools to meet the pupils that are interested.

Saranjit Kairo, a project worker for the Stoke City Community Trust programme, explained: “Initially up until around June our work with them consists of supporting them with their revision, college applications and so on through meetings and group work sessions. We can pick them up and bring them to the club if they need access to our dedicated study space or some one-to-one advice and support with a particular issue they’re having.

“Often they haven’t got the confidence to ask tutors for support, as they can be a high achiever but low in confidence, or they may struggle with the thought of leaving their school and close friends,” continued Saranjit. “But our help doesn’t stop there, so from September we continue to offer mentor support working alongside their college or training provider, and all of the students are given our contact details so they can contact us at any stage if they need further help.”

For more information about Thistley Hough Academy visit their website.    

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