Published On: February 20, 2024|462 words|2.3 min read|

At the heart of Progress Schools Carlisle, is Maureen Bainbridge, an individual who is dedicated and passionate about supporting young people. Maureen, a single divorcee with four grown-up sons, brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience to her position as a Student Engagement Mentor. With a long history of supporting students of all ages, from year 1 into secondary school, Maureen continues to shape young lives.

Starting as a volunteer at a local Primary school, she quickly noticed the gaps in support for SEN students, which included her own son. Determined to make a difference, Maureen expanded her knowledge by also attending college and completing City and Guilds, and Counselling qualifications, as well as a Parents in Partnership course.

Prior to joining Progress Schools, Maureen dedicated over two decades to supporting students at a local Secondary School, where she ran a unit for disaffected students. Her passion for helping students facing various challenges, from mild to severe, paved the way for her transition to Progress Schools.

Maureen’s journey at Progress Schools began when a former colleague made her aware of a vacancy at Progress Schools Carlisle. Her friend recognised Maureen’s unique ability to calm and motivate the students and knew she would be a good fit for the job. Applying for the role of Student Engagement Mentor at Carlisle, Maureen found herself in an environment that perfectly aligned with her skills and passion for making a difference.

Maureen’s role as a Student Engagement Mentor allows her to support students in a myriad of ways. She mentors students, encouraging their active participation and addressing any concerns they may have. Regular communication with parents ensures a holistic approach to student well-being, forming strong relationships between home and school. Maureen’s keen observational skills in the classroom allow her to identify potential issues and intervene before they escalate. She often works with new students, creating a welcoming atmosphere and helping them to settle in.

Maureen finds immense satisfaction in her role at Progress Schools, by witnessing the progress made by the students she supports. Her close-knit team in Carlisle provides a supportive environment for both staff and students, creating a community dedicated to the success and well-being of all.

While Maureen contemplates potential directions for progression within Progress Schools, she wholeheartedly recommends the experience to others commenting, “we are a close supportive team and always there for our students.”. The supportive team atmosphere and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on students’ lives make Progress Schools in Carlisle an ideal workplace.

Maureen’s journey at Progress Schools exemplifies the transformative power of dedication, experience, and a nurturing educational environment. Her unwavering commitment to the well-being and success of the students she supports showcases the positive influence one person can have in shaping brighter futures.

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