At the start of Year 12, each student is assigned a Mentor who, in coordination with the school and the teaching staff, ensures that the Roadmap is followed by turning the student’s goals into achievable targets.
No two students are the same. To maximise the potential of each one of them, our Mentoring Program allows for strategies and dynamics tailored to each student throughout the two years of A-Level. The Mentoring Program channels the academic, university and personal goals of each student, monitoring the student Roadmap and drawing from the personal relationship forged during the weekly meetings between Mentor and student.
In addition to these individual meetings, small group sessions exhaustively cover all those aspects that are useful for the academic and personal success of our students. From aspects such as personal organisation and study techniques, to specific help in the exam technique of certain subjects or the overall supervision of the university application process, the Mentoring Programme covers many essential facets to help our students develop the best standards in the search of excellence, independence and self-confidence.
There is constant communication between the students’ Mentor, teaching staff and the educational support and pastoral care departments, which allows us to shape the focus of the sessions and adapt to the specific needs of each student. The Roadmap is also updated as the year progresses to address new situations that may arise. We have sessions adapted to all stages of the academic year and the entire team participates collectively in the different lines of development that emerge throughout.
The Mentoring Program is a fundamental part of the pastoral care and wellbeing that we offer at Virtus and in the personal development that we work on with each student. The participation of our students in different aspects of the Sixth Form Community, from their involvement in Student Clubs & Societies or the Stage Space, to leadership positions in the Student Council, are promoted and monitored by the Mentoring Programme, which seeks for each student to leave their mark on our community, assuming responsibilities within it.
How does the Mentoring Programme work?
Weekly mentoring meetings
Individual or small group meetings
(for subject groups)
Different activities for
Year 12 and Year 13 students
What are the aims of the
- Improving the student’s personal organisation: organisation of homework, drawing up study plans for exams, scheduling of milestones and organising documents and notes using the technological tools.
- Study techniques: teach methods for note-taking and preparing supporting documents for the study of each subject, together with active learning techniques and strategies for studying effectively for A-level exams.
- Full support with university applications: the Mentors provide complete dedication and attention to the students during university applications. In collaboration with the University Admissions team, specialised in the application process and university destinations, this ongoing support improves the chance of gaining a place at the most prestigious universities.
- Academic performance and educational solutions: depending on the students’ results in internal and official exams, the Mentors influence in different ways to bring about academic improvement. Weekly cycle tests, additional lessons, writing workshops or algebra workshops: we offer a range of educational solutions to meet the needs of every student throughout the year.
- Wellbeing and personal development: the psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is paramount. The Mentors have psycho-pedagogical training to handle some of these issues with their students. They also help in the proposal and follow-up of the Sixth Form Community activities in which the student participates.
- Technological competencies: fostering the appropriate use of the iPad and the educational tools it includes, both in class and outside.