14 A Level students from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have signed up to an important scheme to act as Learning Mentors for children at Pendle Primary Academy.

Pendle Primary Academy, formerly Walter Street Primary School, which converted to an Academy earlier this year, works closely with Nelson and Colne College, who act as a sponsor to the Pendle Academy Trust. The College was therefore thrilled to provide its students an opportunity to work as Learning Mentors at the Primary, giving them as taste of working in classrooms and providing essential support to Year 5 and 6 children.

The College Learning Mentors volunteer an hour a week to the school and provide extra support to the School’s teaching staff. By acting as a Learning Mentor, the College students gain valuable work experience and demonstrate to potential employers or university admissions teams that they are committed and hard working.

Anita Ghidotti, the College’s Assistant Principal – Corporate Services and Operations Director for Pendle Education Trust said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to make a real difference to the children at Pendle Primary Academy – they are role models for the children and their enthusiasm and commitment has been inspiring.”

 Julie Burnside, Head Teacher at Pendle Primary Academy said, “I am delighted to have the support of the Learning Mentors from Nelson and Colne College. They are a fine example to my young pupils of success in academic achievement and as young local students; they are proving that there are no barriers to learning that cannot be overcome. Above all, they are cool AND clever – it’s great to show that you can be both!”