Jess was absolutely brilliant! Such a wonderful match - you really have a knack at finding and combining the right people.
Mother of 11-year-old girl
Our aim is to help students to develop their potential, specifically in the context of helping them to secure the best education commensurate with their abilities. Our mentors act as sources of support to a child outside the family and provide a guiding and directive role in a child’s development. Throughout life, curiosity, confidence and spark are all highly valued. Our mentors work hard to foster these characteristics and to help your child enjoy their time in education.
Children are wonderfully diverse and the way they learn best differs case by case. As such, pairing each child with a mentor is a thoughtful and methodical process and one that requires diligence and sensitivity. The key is the fit: to find a mentor that works with your child as an impartial yet fully engaged part of their education. Once your child looks forward to their time spent with a mentor, the toughest barrier is broken and both independence and enjoyment can be found in their sessions together.
Alice: Dealing with parental pressures during pre-test stages
Alice’s mentor gave her the confidence she needed on the pre-test process, away from the pressures she was under at home. The mentor put everything in perspective, showed Alice of what the pre-test consisted, taught her how best to project herself at interview, and made the lessons fun and entertaining. She invested further in her schoolwork, which paid dividends when it came to the HM’s report to her choices of senior school. The mentor was always there for her at a moment’s notice and gave Alice the on-going support she needed during these formative years.
Thomas: Integrating into a UK school
A client came to Oppidan in the summer of 2016. They had come from Asia and their only son, Thomas, was off to a top UK prep school in September. He was socially difficult and found it very difficult to integrate with his peers; lacking any sibling interaction and bound close to his mother, Thomas found his formative years at prep school extremely difficult.
The brief from the parents to Oppidan was to find a mentor able to offer direction and to guide Thomas through his school years, offering advice on how best to socially integrate with his year group. Based on his own experience at school, Thomas was able to empathise with his mentor and heed his advice to make the most of his time there.
The mentor’s lessons focused on three main things: increasing Thomas’s self-worth, giving him the tools to succeed at school, and advising him on how best to make friends and assimilate with his year group. These skills, intangible and without concrete structure, prove sometimes difficult to validate. The trust they build over their two years together, however, enabled Thomas to flourish at school and as a consequence has put him in a strong position as he approaches his transition to senior school.
David: Oppidan Camp student – Letter from father to Headmaster
“David attended Oppidan’s educationally-focused camp for a week. During this week, through some amazing leadership by Walter and Henry and their team, David was led on an amazing journey, which has completely transformed his view of education.”
During his time at the camp, along with some classmates from school, he was pushed to learn many new skills, lots of Maths, filmmaking, cooking, navigating, story telling, writing and debating.
Oppidan runs Educamps that are designed to spark confidence and creativity through a variety of workshops. For me personally, they have been a great guide for us as parents.”
A MEntor's Role includes:
- Building confidence and engagement with their learning
- Letting the child take an active interest in their studies
- Providing one-on-one academic support for specific subjects
- Managing and resolving any personal or academic concern of the child
- Setting detailed academic goals
- Delivering regular feedback on progress
- Facilitating important subject choices
- Liaising with schools on behalf of parents