We have a fantastic team of Buddies at Pen Y Dre who have a two tiered role. Firstly to develop transitional links with our feeder schools and their learners and ensure year 6 pupils enjoy a smooth transition period and secondly to support the academic, social and emotional development of year 7 learners during their first year in Pen Y Dre. 

Our Buddies are dedicated and committed to developing close links with the feeder schools and frequently visit to show learners a friendly and familiar face. 
The Buddies have undergone professional training delivered by experts at Legal and General in order to be as effective in their role as possible. Buddies are available for year 7 pupils to talk to and get advice from when they feel they can't talk to a member of staff. All our buddies have faced challenges through their own transition journies, as a result of this they offer empathy towards others and are able to support them through any difficulties. 
Our ultimate goal is to ensure each and every pupil feels confident and happy in their new learning environment and thrives as a result.  We feel our Buddies will play a vital role in their transition journey by encouraging peers to aspire achieve and believe.