Leeds West Academy

Girls Mentoring Programme

Year 10 students from Leeds West Academy have been attending a mentoring programme in association with Ahead Partnership. The programme consists of six sessions focused on building work-related skills, which helps to improve the students' aspirations in relation to future careers.

The chosen Year 10 cohort worked closely with young female business associates who volunteered from local companies. The business leaders spent time building a relationship with individual students, using their own experiences to inspire and improve confidence. Most of the sessions took place in school and included a visit to local company Zenith, to give the students an insight into the world of work.

Ms Jennings said: “All the students enjoyed the activities; in some cases they found the activities highly challenging, by taking them out of their comfort zone.”