Congratulations to students from all school years who completed their Buddy training in June 2015! These students join the cohort of Buddies who are already actively enhancing our school community with a variety of support offered to their fellow students.
We are very proud of our volunteer Buddies who provide peer support for students. Buddies have undergone training which heightens their awareness of emotional intelligence; the potential barriers to learning and the role of restorative justice. They have developed effective listening skills and learnt how to keep themselves and others safe.
Throughout their time as Buddies, students take part in a variety of activities including: supporting transition for year 6 students; conducting tours of the school for visitors and prospective students and engaging with candidates for staff appointments. By carrying out these responsibilities students develop skills which ultimately enhance their life chances, equipping them for life and work in the future.
During transition from primary school, our students receive targeted support both on a one to one and on a tutor group basis. The Buddies run a drop in session for any students who may feel the need to talk, seek advice or make friends with fellow students. The drop in sessions are conducted in the Every Child Matters Centre (Tim Oakes Centre) during break time and lunch time. All students have access to this support. Buddies are supported at all times by staff members who offer support, guidance and safeguarding.
Following recent transition events our Buddies received acknowledgement of the impact they had had upon the smooth transition for new students. One comment read:
“Thank you so much for the time you gave in the transition meetings. It has given my child so much confidence about starting in September. My child enjoyed spending time with the Buddies and cannot stop talking about his time at Priory.”
The student himself wrote:
“I had a great time and cannot wait to start in September.”
We wish our newly trained Buddies all the best in their new role.