Entering any new school as a Year 7 pupil can be a daunting experience. However, at Cheadle Hulme School Lower Sixth students take on a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that the transition to the Senior School is as smooth as possible. Cheadle Hulme School receives students from a large number of different primary schools and as Peer Mentors, the Lower Sixth are there to advise, encourage and reassure.
After successfully negotiating a demanding selection process, a group of Lower Sixth students attend a formal Peer Mentor training day before the start of the year. After a morning spent developing the skills they will require, and looking at the responsibilities that come with leadership, the Peer Mentors spend the afternoon taking part in Team Building activities. Within the scheme six or seven students are chosen to be Team Leaders. This provides the opportunity to manage a team of peers effectively, exercising a variety of leadership qualities required for the role.
The Peer Mentors are first introduced to Year 7 students at the Induction Day in June, before they start in the Senior School, ensuring every new student has at least one friendly face to look out for when they start in September. The Peer Mentors meet up with their students every week during Form Period. This provides an opportunity to complete an activity, engage in an informal chat or, for any Year 7 with a particular worry, to confide in their Peer Mentor personally. This way any potential problems can be picked up and quickly resolved.
The Peer Mentors stay with their students when they move into Year 8.