Peer to peer support
As part of Latymer’s approach to supporting our students’ wellbeing, we have established an outstanding Peer Mentoring scheme which sees older student volunteers offering a listening ear to younger students in Years 7 and 8. Peer Mentors are carefully selected and the positions are highly sought after by Year 11 and Sixth Form students. They receive special training from our school counsellors and other senior teachers in areas like safeguarding and how to pass issues to the right members of staff.
Younger students tell us that they really value the Peer Mentors’ role and the ability to speak with someone who has been through the school and experienced the Lower School only a few years previously. Common things that Peer Mentors tell us they are asked is how to manage homework, cope with friendship issues or choose which sports to select. The Peer Mentoring scheme is something we are really proud of at Latymer, giving younger students a choice about who they might want to initially speak to about an issue, as well as providing older students with the opportunity to develop their listening skills and contribute to community life.