Our Buddy System is a new scheme which we are introducing in school in order to try to improve the experience of our Key Stage 3 pupils. The Buddy System provides an opportunity for those pupils who are struggling with any aspect of their emotional well-being or happiness. Through the system, they will be paired up with sixth formers who will offer advice and guidance based upon their own experiences.
Furthermore, we are working in close partnership with the North East Counselling service to ensure that our Sixth Form buddies are trained in order to give the best support possible to younger pupils. The scheme will be monitored and overseen by Miss Toner, and pupils can be referred in a number of different ways, including teacher-referral, self-referral or Head of House referral.
We hope that the scheme will be successful in providing support for any pupil who might need it and in reinforcing the ethos of St Thomas More School.