School-based mentoring takes place on site at a local partner school, often in the library, staff room, interview room or out in the playground. Common activities are board games, lego, sports and craft. School based mentoring is ideal for people who like the set routine and structure of a school setting.
Mentors go to the school once a week and take the young person out of class for an hour. Typically it is the same time each week. Most schools prefer it to be either late morning or in the afternoon so that the young person doesn't miss core subjects which are done first thing in the morning.
Many school based mentors are students or employed at a workplace where they can take an extended break during the day, in many cases with the support of their employer. It is common for mentoring matches to start in school and to later extend into community-based mentoring. This happens only if the mentor, child and parent/caregiver want this to occur.