Twenty four of our aspirational year 10 pupils have begun working with Spire Hub, an after school charity focussing on developing young people’s life skills as well as supporting with key aspects of the curriculum such as abstract thinking.
Every Thursday hubs are set up in the library between 3.30 and 5.30 in conjunction with the school. Each session brings together targeted high-ability students with qualified teachers and high-achieving young mentors from the local community. The teachers are retired professionals who are keen to continue supporting school pupils with their achievement, and the mentors are typically local university graduates. In each session, students benefit from working in small groups of six students with their tutor and mentor.
Spire Hub focuses on three interconnected areas: ensuring students are on track to achieve top GCSE grades; developing their life skills and emotional intelligences such as confidence and resilience; and developing their awareness of higher education and careers options to foster higher aspirations.