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Kent Academies Network - academic support programme

Kent Academy Network (KAN) Universities Access Programme aims to encourage high calibre students from local academy schools to apply for places at top UK universities. The programme fosters ambition into these students, equipping them with the skills and approach they need to secure top HE places, support them in their applications, and demonstrate that these places can be realistically achievable.   It is also intended that, in turn, these students raise awareness and ambitions amongst their peers.

Aims

 

Kent Academy Network (KAN) Universities Access Programme aims to encourage high calibre students from local academy schools to apply for places at top UK universities. The programme fosters ambition into these students, equipping them with the skills and approach they need to secure top HE places, support them in their applications, and demonstrate that these places can be realistically achievable.   It is also intended that, in turn, these students raise awareness and ambitions amongst their peers.

 

KAN is made up of 6 academies and their educational sponsors, and this year 27 students (12 Y9, and 15 Y10) participated. Participating academies nominate suitable Y9 students, and an interview panel selects two from each academy.

 

Background

 

The KAN scheme has been running for 4 years, and was initially supported and funded by the Sutton Trust. Sevenoaks School has been an active partner school in the programme since conception and hosted the residential course in Summer 2015 for the students. In March 2016 Sevenoaks School will be hosting the Easter residential school.

 

Resources

 

Students attend two residential courses a year.  The school charges cost price for boarding  accommodation, food and materials.  Teaching facilities and recreational facilities are provided free.  A number of our staff teach on the course for free, including Maths, English, Art and Drama and the school covers the cost of a Matron, Sports Centre staff and any technician support required.   There were also a number of lectures from keynote speakers, including the Deputy Head Co-Curricular, Geoffrey Stanford, who spoke to the students about his ascent of Everest.

 

Impact

 

The aim is to ensure that all students apply and have the best possible opportunity to secure a place at a top Russell Group university. As the scheme is in the early stages, we have yet to have one year group reach university application age. Anecdotally, we are aware of a ripple effect in the academy schools as students who have attended these residential courses engage with their peer groups, and the results at GCSE of the first cohort were pleasing.

 

Pupil Involvement

 

The pupils are from Academies, and start in the summer term of Y9.  The oldest cohort is now in L6th

 

Frequency

 

This is a 4 year scheme, commencing in year 9 for all participating students. Students attend residential courses twice per annum, and also have ongoing mentoring and support throughout the year.