Learning Mentor

My name is Rob Simpson and I've just joined the Ridgeway team as the new Learning Mentor.

For the last 12 years I have been the Inclusion Manager and Learning Mentor at Reigate Park Primary and prior to that I have worked in other childcare settings such as children’s homes, schools and nurseries.

Outside of my working life I’m a big fan of music and will probably be trying to sneak my guitar into school at the first opportunity.

I’m very excited to be starting my new role. I can’t wait to get to know the children and all of you.

Please do feel free to come up and say hello when you see me.

We aim to provide non-judgemental support for all young people and their families within school and particularly at vulnerable times. The support for your child may be within the class room; on the playground; in the Learning Mentor room or the Rainbow Room; on an individual basis or as part of a small group. Most children come weekly but some come more or less frequently but they all come for as many sessions as they need.

My key role is to provide for the needs of children who may be facing barriers to learning, both inside and outside the school. We work with pupils, parents, carers, families, teachers, the school and other agencies, helping to construct a flexible and responsive support network depending on individual needs.

Areas in school that we particularly focus on are not limited but include:

              Self-esteem and confidence building.

              Social skills and friendship groups.

              New to English Children.

              Family bereavement.



              Divorce or separation.                                                                                                                                    


In most cases, the staff in school will identify pupils who need our support. If your child is referred to us we will contact you as the significance of positive and active participation by parents and carers cannot be overstated.

However, we are also available to provide confidential support and advice for parents or carers.  If you have any worries or concerns about your child or a family situation please do not hesitate to contact us as we may be able to help.

If there is a specific topic that you require assistance with e.g.; bedtime routines; feeding or eating problems; we also work closely with local professionals to provide parenting sessions and family workshops here at the school.

There is a Learning Mentor on site every school day. No matter how small your query may be, if you would like to talk to us we can be contacted by telephoning the school on 01332 760770 or by emailing any of the addresses above.

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Chinese New Year Dragon created at the coffee morning on 27-01-17
Chinese New Year Dragon created at the coffee morning on 27-01-17