Eighth year of mentoring at Forest Hall School


Stansted Airport employees are once again volunteering their time to mentor students at Forest Hall School in Stansted Mountfitchet for an eighth year.

Almost 100 year 11 pupils have been paired-up with airport staff over the course of the partnership, which was set up as part of the airport's community education programme.

This year’s mentors, who are from a variety of airport roles, will share life and business experiences and support the pupils during their GCSE year.

A total of ten airport staff members are taking part in the programme, visiting the school every two weeks to meet with the students.

We are delighted to resume our mentoring partnership with Forest Hall School for another year after a two-year break due to the pandemic. The mentoring scheme we have with Forest Hall aims to assist young people in developing life and work skills essential for the future. The scheme covers topics such as time management, next steps after GCSEs, and how to maintain a good work-life balance.

Education Manager at Stansted Airport, Alex Smith

Sharing my experiences with young people and giving them my time is something I am really looking forward to. The programme benefits young people by building confidence so if you have a supportive mentor and are open to self-development, you can accomplish anything. Being able to watch someone you invest time in grow and succeed will be incredibly rewarding.

Taking part in the programme for the first time is Charmaine Sweeney, Landside Operations Control Room Manager

Forest Hall School is delighted to continue our mentoring programme with London Stansted Airport for another year. The mentors will help our students prepare for their GCSEs next year, as well as assist with career planning. Having mentors who have backgrounds other than teaching can offer links to careers that pupil may want to pursue, as well as a glimpse into the duties and responsibilities of working in the business world. These sessions have always benefitted our students in terms of their academic achievement and personal growth, particularly in their confidence in speaking with adults

Chris Wade, Head of Year 11 at Forest Hall School

The school mentoring programme runs alongside other airport initiatives to support education and the local community.

Its Corporate Social Responsibility work includes education schemes like its on-site Stansted Airport Employment Academy, Aerozone education centre and Stansted Airport College, a first for any UK airport.

These trailblazing facilities sit alongside the airport’s graduate and apprenticeship programmes to help people find work and bridge the current skills gap in STEM subjects and provide a pipeline of future talent.

For more information on Stansted's aviation education programmes click here.