United Access Programme
University Access scheme, targeting first generation, high achieving, pupil premium students.
Students receive help and support from university mentors throughout the programme. They also receive tailored support from participating school's staff during residentials alongside sessions/workshops around applying to university.
Parents of participants are invited to attend a meal at the end of each residential and information sessions on Higher Education will be provided later in the programme.
This video, filmed at the recent Easter residential course, gives a good overview of the project:
The programme is designed to address the main barriers to University experienced by low income students, with strong academic potential.
The scheme initially involved 6 united learning academies, Caterham School and the Cccelerate and Access Foundation.
The programme has since developed into a multi-centre collaboration between four leading independent schools in Surrey (Caterham School, Woldingham School, Trinity School and Royal Russell) working in partnership with United Learning and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. The programme grew from the AAF model established with the Kent Academy Network.
The programme consists of two residential per year, meet up days and continual online mentoring. The residentials are conducted in the host schools with teachers delevering appropriate sessions.
Each student is matched with a university undergraduate mentor, who they communicate with using a secure online platform.
The first two years of the programme are designed to develop students’ wider academic interests and support students through their GCSEs.
The programme begins in the Summer of Year 9, ends Easter Year 13.
Residentials are held at Easter and Summer with meet up days at other times in the year.