“What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”
To mark the end of the second year of business mentoring at The Leigh Academy, a celebratory lunch was held on Tuesday 10th July in the academy boardroom. Attended by existing mentors from The John Lewis Partnership, Metrobank, Barclays, Fox Estates and Reverse The Tide as well as their mentees, guests took the opportunity to network informally.
Hosted by Director of Post-16, Mr Forcella-Burton, and Work Experience & Business Mentor Administrator, Ms Wales, the party then moved onto the Lecture Theatre to share the successes of the year and inspire potential new mentors with how they can also make a positive difference. Where both mentor and mentee were present, each pair took to the stage to elaborate upon how they have worked together in the previous year and what the outcomes have been, testifying to how much both mentor and mentee gained from the experience. The common theme was how mentors used their expertise to instill confidence in our young people and of gently helping them to steer a path towards a positive destination.
All attending mentors (and several have been with the academy since the beginning of business mentoring) have agreed to participate next year, as have all new delegates.
Whilst all mentor relationships are highly valued, of particular note is the expanding relationship with The John Lewis Partnership, who have provided not only business mentors over the past two years but also work closely with the Leigh Academy on work experience; returning alumni mentors, Kelly Purvor (Metrobank) and George Smith (Barclays); Leigh Academy Governor, Sally Marshall (Reverse the Tide) and Chris Fox (Fox Estates), who took on a Leigh Academy student as his apprentice last year.
We look forward to further successful year of business mentoring at The Leigh Academy.