Timeline of Programmes

Year 1

  • Spring (Year 9)

    A new cohort is selected in association with partner schools, ahead of starting the programme with a summer residential at the end of their Year 9,

  • Summer (Year 9)

    Students are introduced to the programme with a summer residential at a partner independent school, focusing on broadening academic interest and horizons, and starting to introduce the idea that there is a world after school.

  • Autumn (Year 10)

    The cohort spend a day with their mentors at a partner independent school, reviewing and receiving feedback on work they have completed and submitted since the summer
    residential. The cohort also receive a session on study skills, to aid their work in their partner school.

Year 2

  • Spring (Year 10)

    The cohort spend a day with their mentors at a University, enjoying a tour of the University town and taking part in group activities and academic extension sessions.

  • Easter (Year 10)

    The cohort take part in their second residential at a partner independent school and will enjoy a visit to a University as part of the programme.

  • Summer (Year 10)

    The cohort come together for their summer residential, again focusing on academic extension and individual, project-based work.

  • Autumn (Year 11)

    The day meet-up focuses on GCSE revision skills and starting to plan how best to tackle their exams.

Year 3

  • Spring (Year 11)

    The day meet-up will focuses on tackling nerves ahead of exams and encourages students to start thinking about A-Level choices.

  • Easter (Year 11)

    A shortened Easter residential to minimize time spent outside of school focuses intensely
    on GCSE revision for core subjects (Maths, English, Science).

  • Summer (Year 11)

    Students are resident for the week at a leading University to spend time with their mentors to reflect and look forward, for academic extension and to experience student life in a University town.

  • Autumn (Year 12)

    Students review work they completed following the summer residential and take part in sessions focusing on the transition to the sixth form and the different study skills or methods of learning that are required. Students also begin to look ahead to the UCAS Process and are taught about student finance.

Year 4

  • Spring (Year 12)

    The day meet-up focuses on starting to think about University choices and what a student should be doing to prepare for making an application.

  • Easter (Year 12)

    The residential focus is on academic extension, most of which relates to A-Level subjects and includes another University visit.

  • Summer (Year 12)

    Project based work designed to build University style learning habits and study skills is the main academic component of the residential. Students supported in making choices relating to University applications, and starting to draft their personal statement by their mentors.

  • Autumn (Year 13)

    The day meet-up focuses on A-Level study skills, finalizing personal statements and preparing for potential University interviews.

Year 5

  • Spring (Year 13)

    No day meet-up

  • Easter (Year 13)

    The residential provides a bespoke, intensive revision programme based on A-Level subjects including one-to-one and small group provision.

  • Summer (Year 13)

    Students will graduate from the programme with a celebration day at a partner independent school.