We work with schools in which a minority of students go on to take up places at Russell Group universities, despite having the potential do so. In order to reverse this trend our partner schools identify their highest ability students (those predicted to achieve a Grade 7+ average at GCSE) and we provide the additional academic and personal support students require to be ready to access the most competitive universities.
We operate throughout the academic year (36 weeks across 6 terms), bringing together high ability students from our various partner schools to work together in small class sizes of 16.
In keeping with our “Be Excellent” mantra, our cohorts are arranged and named as follows:
Our broader age-group set up affords students the opportunity at the point of transition to interact and collaborate with those more experienced, empowering them to confidently navigate these moments as a result of these exchanges.
- Saturday Club (Academic Coaching – Advanced English & Maths)
- Saturday Club (Personal Development Coaching – Experience Hubs)
- Mid-week Mentoring
- Social Action (Independent School Peer Partnership)
- Increased attainment in English and Maths
- Improved critical thinking skills and creative expression
- Improved levels of motivation and resilience
- Improved levels of confidence and self-belief
- Broader aspirations (“Russell Group Ready”)
- New peer networks and interests
- Enhanced community spirit
COHORT INTAKE & ENROLMENT
We enrol students on three separate periods through the course of the year in preparation for the start of each term:
1) June – Aug for Autumn Term start (Sept)
2) Oct – Dec for Spring Term start (Jan)
3) Jan – March for Summer Term start (Apr)
Phase 1: 16 or 32 students from Year 6 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 7
Phase 2: 16 or 32 students from Year 8 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 9
Phase 3: 16 or 32 students from Year 9 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 10
Phase 4: 16 or 32 students from Year 10 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 11
Phase 5: 16 or 32 students from Year 11 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 12
Phase 6: 16 or 32 students from Year 12 coupled with 16 or 32 students from Year 13
Since we operate progressive linear curricular we encourage schools to identify and enrol students from as early as Phase 1 & 2 in order to utilise the cumulative impact of our service.