Aims of the project
To support the Linacre Institute in fulfilling its aims and objectives and specifically to encourage students from disadvantaged communities in the North of England, coming from under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education, to consider it.
Background and goals
Richard Kowenicki, a member of the Westminster School teaching staff and Housemaster had become involved in the Institute's activities and suggested Westminster may play a role in supporting the Summer School. This has been a successful project and the School is continuinug to offer its full support.
20 boarding rooms on a full-board basis, school classrooms and Westminster School teaching staff.
All pupils taking part come from schools in the bottom 20% in the country for access to the elite UK universities. All schools were in areas that are in the top 10% in the UK index of mulitple measures of deprivation. In 2018/19, 22 pupils who had attended the Summer School applied to Oxford and Cambridge, with ten receiving offers. A further 28 have received offers from Russell Group Universities. In the five years since it started its operations, an independent study by UCAS www.linacreinstitute.org/news/2018-05-ucas-report/ has shown the impact to be 'very significantly high'
Frequency and duration
One-off, annual, week-long summer school.