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Finchley students to join life-changing mentor scheme

Three students have been selected to take part in a life-changing mentoring scheme with a world-class athlete mentor.

Kieran Byard-Chambers, Byron Lenham and Jack Hennessy have been chosen for the AQA Unlocking Potential programme, run by exam board AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

The students will be mentored by former boxer, Hannah Beharry.  Finchley Catholic High School is one of just 28 schools on this year’s programme, selected from 100 applicant schools.

AQA Unlocking Potential provides mentoring for young people aged 14 to 19 who have faced personal challenges or disadvantages. Students are paired with specially trained mentors who have competed at world-class sporting events - including the Olympics and Paralympics - and have overcome their own significant personal challenges.

Hannah Beharry will provide personal mentoring for the students over eight months to help unlock hidden attitudes and skills. They’ll also help the students to deliver a community project towards the end of the programme.

Mrs Durham has said:

”I am delighted that three of our young men are being given this excellent opportunity to receive first rate mentoring through the AQA Unlocking Potential scheme.  I am confident that this will be hugely beneficial and enable these students to develop their full potential.

Dame Kelly Holmes, double gold Olympian and founder of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said:

“AQA Unlocking Potential is not aimed at developing the potential of future sports stars, but is targeting young people who need an inspirational helping hand. The athlete mentors know what it takes to overcome adversity and have the will to succeed not only in sport, but in life too.


“I’m really excited that this fantastic programme is now in its sixth year and to see more young people transformed through our life changing programme!”

Of the students who took part in last year’s AQA Unlocking Potential programme:

  • 98% of students stated that they now work well in a group, can communicate with others and can take personal responsibility
  • 90% of students now feel motivated about their education
  • 92% of students now feel confident in their own abilities
  • 84% of young people now feel connected to their local community.