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Summer Aspirations and Access Course

Caterham School has been working with Warlingham School to devise a course to raise aspirations amongst students who are ‘1st generation’ university, and from backgrounds that may present barriers social mobility. The schools collaborated to run a three day course involving inspirational sessions from lawyers, financiers, a screen writer and an IT security expert.  These were complemented with activities to raise aspirations and self-belief more directly – conducted by 2 -3 Degrees, teamwork and leadership tasks, and specific UCAS advice and application support.


A recent ASCL survey of teachers found that 57% identify ‘low aspirations’ as the most difficult challenge. 

the course built on the delivery of the United Access program at Caterham - adapting for a local school context.


Changes to perception towards HE and careers were measured and evaluated using the ImpactEd platform.  Qualitative feedback was positive with the range of sessions appealing to the diverse student group.


'I found the sessions inspirational, especially the lawyers panel, and I am thinking about mu UCAS application more seriously'


Pupil Involvement

A pilot course was run in the summer of 2021 fir 12 L6 students identified by Warlingham School.