School Mentoring

Volunteering and Mentoring offers the opportunity for students to get involved in local primary and secondary schools by becoming School Mentors.  Our mentors work one-to-one and in groups to support school pupils with academic and social-emotional problem solving.  We look for mentors who can inspire children and young people to reach their full potential as part of the University's commitment to Widening Participation.

The Aim?

The School Mentoring programme has four main aims to help school pupils:

  1. Raise their standard of academic performance;
  2. Raise their awareness of Higher Education opportunities;
  3. Develop study skills in order to improve their application towards school work;
  4. Develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence and persistence. 


What do mentors do?

In primary schools, Mentors aim to help improve reading ages, raise aspirations, prepare students for the transition into secondary education and develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application.

In secondary schools they offer practical, unbiased, friendly advice, help with organisational skills and time management, help with school work or study and revision skills and help young people to explore their post GCSE options. 


How do mentors benefit?

  • Gain valuable volunteer experience in a school or college working with young people
  • Boost your CV and increase your employability
  • Receive quality training and support
  • Build hours for the UCV Volunteering Awards
  • School Mentoring contributes to The Chester Difference Award 


How do you get involved?

Mentors must undergo a DBS check and a rigorous recruitment and training process to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of mentoring.  For more information view our Role Description and come visit the Information Point in Binks 005 or email 


Click here to apply

FAQs for School Mentors

Resources for School Mentors 

Information for Schools