Every morning for 15 minutes, the Writhlington and Mendip campus comes to a silent stand still as students and staff take part in a national reading Scheme DEAR Time – Drop Everything and Read.
Sixth Form students have taken their passion for reading and have started volunteering at Kilmersdon Primary School visiting twice a week to encourage and help build confidence in reading.
Kilmersdon Deputy Headteacher, Emma Baker, arranged for the students to have SEND training before embarking on the programme. Ten students each week will visit the school working with four students an hour, encouraging them to not only build confidence in their own abilities but to develop a passion for reading independently and for fun.
Year 12 Student, Abbie Teal, said:
‘It has been really great going back to my old school. I remember what it was like when I was there and so it feels really special coming back to help out. It is quite fun to see my old teachers too!’
Sixth Form students have the opportunity to volunteer in various capacities in and around the Dragonfly Education Trust campus with over 30 students taking mentoring position for students helping with Literacy, Numeracy, and general well being at Writhlington and Mendip Studio School and also volunteering at Hanover Court (Retirement/Sheltered Housing), spending time getting to know and entertaining the residents.
Executive Headteacher, Mark Everett said:
‘Sixth Form volunteering not only helps to make our schools a genuine community but is also a great opportunity for our Year 12 and Year 13 students to acquire skills and experience which are greatly valued by universities and employers. We are very proud of all they are achieving and the positive impact it is having.”’