The Be Me team worked with small groups of girls at the Priory every term, sometimes running more than one group a week. This work has been ongoing over two years now and we have seen some excellent outcomes. Working alongside heads of year, Be Me work with students who have low self-esteem, often from challenging backgrounds and difficult situations.
The impact of their work is apparent in the feedback provided by the students themselves and also their parents. It is perhaps most evident in the fact that as a result of Be Me there is now a lunchtime group that runs. The girls who have completed the Be Me course have asked to participate in an extension of this one lunchtime a week.
One student who I teach and who I know has taken part in Be Me project has changed massively within the classroom context. Student x used to wear dark make up, use her hair to hide her face. She spoke very little and would avoid all eye contact. Student X now participates fully in my lessons. She will look at me to speak and often chats about Be Me in class as I see her on the day that they have their lunchtime meeting. She doesn’t cover her face with her hair and the dark makeup has gone. This girl has a sense of humour and is working with another student, unlike the isolated way she preferred to work in the past. I have no doubt that one of the biggest influencing factors has been the work of Be Me project
The Priory School Dorking – DHT progress and achievement – Mrs Abbott