Student progress at Lutterworth College is led by a team of Progress and Academic Leaders (PALs).
The role of a PAL is to improve the progress and achievement of all students within their allocated year group.
PALs work with a caseload of students that they support closely in addition to wider activities such as the promotion of excellent work and a culture of learning.
They have also produced a range of mentor activities to address barriers to learning that students identified in a survey.
Jessica StephensYear 7
'I am privileged to be the Progress and Achievement Leader for our Year 7 cohort here at Lutterworth College. In my role, I am committed to celebrating all the achievements of our students whether that be in or outside of school. My aim is to ensure that all students feel motivated to push themselves further to succeed and to want to celebrate their achievements at school. I will work with both small groups and bigger groups of students to help them overcome any barriers and to surpass expectations. Starting a new school can be daunting but there are so many ways that students can learn, grow and succeed whilst at Lutterworth College and I will dedicate the time to encouraging and fostering this growth.'
Paul HillYear 8
'In my role as Progress and Achievement Leader for Year 8, I am committed to helping our students achieve the outcomes they deserve at Lutterworth College. Â I was amazed by these students throughout Year 7 as they demonstrated an incredible attitude to their schoolwork and personal development, rising to the challenges they faced in impressive fashion. I look forward to maintaining this momentum in Year 8, working closely with those students who need some additional support and working with the wider year group to create and maintain a positive working environment which will help all students to achieve the very best outcomes they can. Year 8 marks an important step for our students as they select their GCSE options and we will work hard to make sure all students have the support and guidance they need to thrive academically and flourish in the future.'
Kieren HardingYear 9
'I am privileged to be the Progress and Achievement Leader for our Year 9 cohort at Lutterworth College. As the first person in my family to go to university, I am passionate about inspiring and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to achieve their maximum potential, enabling every young person to learn, flourish and succeed. Within my role I aim to create a culture of learning within Year 9, celebrating success both in and outside the classroom. Year 9 marks an important step for our students as they begin their GCSEs and I will work hard to ensure all students have the support and guidance they need to thrive academically but also flourish holistically.'
Sophie GreavesYear 10
'Progress and achievement are two incredibly valuable things. Every individual, no matter what their area of interest, should be encouraged to see the value in the things they can achieve. Achievement comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and means different things to every one of us. The most important thing to focus on is the journey. Improvement, achievement and success don't come without continuing motivation to grow and progress. I aim to work with students in order to ensure that they can see the value in the journey they are on and feel motivated to achieve success for themselves, even when this is challenging. It's a privilege to be able to work with so many fantastic individuals in this way. After all, the progress and achievement of the students we work with is what motivates me to do the very best job I can.'
Aaron EasonYear 11
'As someone who fully believes that every child can achieve their potential, I value my position as the Progress and Achievements Leader for Year 11 and I am fully committed to ensuring that each child makes progress. After overcoming my own personal barriers due to the influence of my teachers, I feel it is now time to repay their service to me by serving others. My philosophy when I entered teaching has always been, "it is not always what you teach them, it is how you make them feel." And I hope that all my students feel that they are valued, are capable of success and that they matter.'
Charlotte BennettDeputy Head of Sixth Form
'In my role supporting Sixth Form, I, in part, work with students on very clearly defined interpretations of achievement, in light of their proximity to their examinations. My philosophy of the need to go not 'under' or 'over' but 'through' instils in students the qualities of resilience, determination and hard work required to meet the parameters of the formal examinations they face. This may be supported through work with a whole cohort or individual academic intervention. However, I also very much believe in and seek to celebrate a more holistic perspective of achievement; students can achieve in so many different ways - through improvement, personal growth, outstanding attainment - and I take great pleasure in helping students to see the value of all of these in making progress in their learning.'
Richard RolfeDeputy Head of Sixth Form
An important part of the work undertaken by the PAL team is the mentoring programme, which takes place between year group PALs and selected students. Each term, each year group PAL (and the Deputy Head of Sixth Form) will work with a specific cohort of students, in addition to their work with their wider year groups, to develop organisational and subject-specific skills, and improve learning outcomes.
The programme has been met with real enthusiasm from students and parents alike. The short video below, which features previous mentees, gives an insight into the work associated with the mentoring programme, and how much students love to be a part of it!