Mandela House

Mandela House

I am delighted to be taking Mandela House forward into its fourth year and welcoming another wonderful cohort of Year 7s to our community.  As the vertical tutoring system becomes evermore embedded our pupils are growing together to form strong supportive relationships within mentor groups and the House.  Over the coming year, the Mandela team will continue to work together to establish and embed a clear ethos that mirrors Nelson Mandela’s own passion for, and commitment to respect, equality and education.

We have a dynamic and purposeful programme for pupils during mentor time every day.  Some of these are specific to individual year groups; for example, this term, Year 7 pupils will be supported through the transition process with help from senior pupils, mentors and co-mentors; Year 8 pupils will be reflecting on their progress in Year 7 and starting to consider what they hope to achieve this year both academically and personally; Year 9 pupils will be creating Individual Learning Plans in preparation for their Options Choices; Year 10 pupils will be preparing for their Work Experience, and Year 11 pupils will be working on their post 16 applications, and in particular their personal statements, supported by mentors and teachers to showcase their many skills and talents.

All pupils in Mandela House will contribute to embedding the House ethos and developing a strong identity.  We hope to support the charitable work of the local charity EACH - East Anglian Children's Hospice.  By contributing their ideas for fund raising activities, organising and participating in inter house competitions, discussions and academic challenges, during which they will support each other to succeed, pupils will develop valuable transferable skills and grow in confidence.

Our aim is to ensure that all pupils are able to thrive and enjoy their school experience, feeling safe, valued, respected and supported to achieve their potential both academically and socially.  We aim to face our challenges together with a positive and supportive approach.  In the words of Nelson Mandela "It always seems impossible - until it's done!"

Mrs C Wombwell
Head of Mandela House
01223 712777


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