Disadvantaged pupils at Hermitage Academy will be given the opportunity to take part in a programme that hopes to help them “thrive”.

At the start of the new school year, in August 2023, the pilot MCR Pathways scheme will be open to specific groups of young people including those who are care experienced, have gone through abuse, or are asylum seekers.

Pupils will meet with their mentor once a week for a year where they will receive specialist support to help them improve their confidence, social skills, and realise their post-school potential.

Argyll and Bute’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “The vision of MCR Pathways is for all young people to experience equality of education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances.

“This coincides with our very own vision and strategy – that together we will realise ambition, excellence and equality for all.

“The MCR Pathways scheme has transformed the lives of thousands of children and young people.

“It is transforming educational outcomes and post-school destinations for young people, and it is playing a vital role in helping to build their confidence, aspirations and social skills.

“By listening to young people and supporting them, they will thrive and I have no doubt that running this pilot project in Argyll and Bute will change the lives of many pupils in these schools.”

In total, MCR Pathways have helped 5,000 young people across 126 schools and hope to provide support to 15,000 disadvantaged kids.

The scheme has been proven to help pupil’s grades with 87.7 per cent of those mentored earning one or more SCQF Level 5 qualifications.

Additionally, the retention rates of pupils in the programme are also high with 70.7 per cent of those in the scheme staying on for S5.

The programme is available throughout Scotland and has recently branched out to provide support to disadvantaged young people in Hertfordshire in England.

To find out more about, MCR Pathways visit: www.mcrpathways.org.