Learning Mentors work with groups of pupils and individuals, teachers and managers, parents, carers and families, schools and other agencies, helping to construct a support network. Within that framework they develop trusting relationships in which information can be shared.

A wide variety of pupils are supported by Learning Mentors, often with behaviour problems or persistent absenteeism. They may be demotivated or lacking in self-esteem, have fallen behind with their work or find communication difficult. Language problems are prevalent where English is not the first language spoken at home; additional issues are faced by children of asylum seekers or those who move home frequently.

In some cases pupils are looked after by non-family members or may be young carers themselves. Some have suffered bereavement; others have difficulties at home. Whatever issues individual pupils face, Learning Mentors can help them develop respect not just for themselves but also for those around them.

The Pastoral Care of for the children at Adderley Primary School is very important. The school ensures it provides a high level of duty of care, welfare and safety for all children. The mentoring at Adderley involves working with children experiencing barriers to learning which could be related to social, emotional, health or personal reasons. The school values and nurtures its work with the local community and builds strong relationships with outside agencies to support the mentoring of our children.

If you feel that your child could benefit from mentoring, please contact the school.



Zahreen Asghar

My name is Miss Zahreen Asghar, I am a Senior Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School. I believe I am very fortunate that I have the opportunity of working with children.

Adderley Primary School is a wonderful school with marvellous children attending it. At Adderley I work alongside a very caring and understanding team, who are exceptionally hardworking. I love my job and believe every pupil should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I have pleasure of working with families as well our lovely children.

I enjoy spending time with my family, I am very creative and also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I enjoy going on adventurous and exciting outings with my son, who keeps me really busy!”


“My name is Mrs Rehana and I am a Senior Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School.  My job role is to work with families, pupils and staff to ensure that our pupils reach their full potential both academically and holistically during their time at the School and leave with a vision and passion to succeed in life.  My job is challenging and equally rewarding working within the community.

I enjoy travelling and learning about the histories of different countries that I have visited .  I also enjoy reading, painting and cooking but not gardening!”


“My name is Mrs Nici Youngs and I am a learning mentor at Adderley Primary School. I am very passionate about working with children and helping them through any barriers that affect their learning.

Adderley Primary School is an amazing school where everyone is made to feel welcome. I feel very lucky to be a part of the Adderley family. I work within a very hard working and fun team where the children are at the heart of everything we do.

In my spare time I enjoy baking and having lots of fun family time. As a family we enjoy going for long walks, exploring new places, dancing and singing along to Disney films.”