The IMG_1051Coaching Programme at Wetherby High School is fundamental to knowing our children well and forming the strong relationships that are so crucial for our community.

Three times a week, groups of approximately eight pupils from all year groups meet with a member of staff who has been trained to carry out their coaching sessions.

During the first lesson each Monday, groups ‘check in’ and plan for the week ahead. They accumulate house points, review targets, and discuss areas of concern. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons the groups ‘check in’ and ‘check out’, in addition to reviewing areas as varied as careers, health, well-being and citizenship.

As a regular point of contact, coaches also offer one-to-one support to talk about concerns or achievements. This ensures every student has a partner in learning to provide support and encouragement. An additional benefit is the relationships that develop between students of all year groups, meeting in coaching, then acting as a support network for each other and ensuring everyone enjoys and achieves at Wetherby High School.

Any news and important information from across the school is communicated in the Coaching Chronicle every fortnight, so students can stay up-to-date on everything that is going on in their community.

Coaches develop strong relationships with students’ families and meet with parents and carers three times a year at ‘Meet Your Coach’ days. These days (which are additional to the traditional Parent/Carer Information Evenings with teaching staff) have proved to be very popular with families, who recognise the benefit of knowing someone well in school who can advocate for their child. During the meeting, parents, carers, students, and coaches discuss the progress made during the term and set targets for the term ahead.