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Year 12 Student Leaders offer valuable support to younger year groups

07 May 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

A group of thoughtful and proactive Year 12 student leaders have joined forces to tutor younger students in a range of subjects. In February, Year 12 students were invited to become the next generation of leaders to take over from the Year 13 students due to leave college in the summer term.  Ms Richardson discussed the opportunity of the Year 12s becoming mentors to younger students, to help them with subjects which they may require support with.  In spite of being in lockdown, the students and Ms Richardson have developed the concept and now have student tutors available in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Maths, Physics and Religious Studies. Over time, it is hoped that the number of Year 12 students involved can be expanded so that support can be offered in more subjects.  In addition, the student leaders are available to talk to anyone unsure of their A-level choices or those who wish to learn more about life at Richmond Sixth Form College.

To get in touch with the subject tutors, students should contact the subject lead teacher in the first instance who will pass on contact details.  The student tutors are:

• Biology: Isabel Bacon (Lead Teacher: Mr Haye)
• Chemistry: Betsie Hall (Lead Teacher: Miss Pike)
• Geography: Cassie Ramsay Lead Teacher: Mrs House)
• History: Ashleigh Fraser (Lead Teacher: Mrs Mawer)
• Maths: Millie Aston (Lead Teacher: Mr Lunn)
• Physics: Uchenna Anyadiegwu (Lead Teacher: Mrs Harrison)
• Theology & Philosophy: Cassie Ramsay (Lead Teacher Mr Bunce)

Millie Aston, subject tutor for Maths, said: “I believe that the Year 12 tutors are a great way to help students expand their knowledge of school ẃork.  Students are welcome to contact us for extra help or just a bit of advice on not only their studies but the next steps after school. It is a great way to continue learning and exploring opportunities in these unusual times.”

A Student Leaders Environmental Club was also formed before the school closure, with the aim of the school becoming more aware of environmental issues and their impact in school.  The students are looking forward to continuing to work on this project.

Ms Richardson, Head of Sixth Form, concluded: “When the idea was suggested, the Year 12 student leaders wanted to help younger students straight away.  Whilst school is closed and learning is no longer “face-to face”, they came up with the idea of virtual mentoring to help youngsters navigate their studies online. Young people may be uncertain about their work or might just need a friendly online voice and this would be where a Sixth Form student tutor could help. Even if only one young person is helped by their thoughtfulness, the initiative will be worthwhile. I am very proud of the way the student leaders are keen to help the School and Sixth Form with new ideas.”

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