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Aiming High Programme

Our Aiming High programme is part of our commitment to fulfilling our mission to be the first choice outstanding provider of full time education for all 16-19 year olds in this area by providing diverse and inclusive education that affords excellent opportunities for all.

A significant proportion of all of our students continue their education at university after they have left us and we encourage this for all of our students who would benefit from this progression route. Competition for the very best universities is fierce, and therefore the aim our Aiming High Programme is to ensure that those students who could benefit from attending these universities are afforded every opportunity to do so.

The Aiming High programme has two key aspects:

  • Stretching & challenging our students during their time in college by encouraging them to engage with their subjects beyond the classroom.Students are set demanding reading, are challenged to give presentations, participate in debate and discussion, and attend presentations from prestigious guests.Much of this work takes place within the Aiming High coaching groups.High expectations are set for all participants in these groups.In the Upper Sixth alongside the students’ core programme, most will take the Extended Project Qualification, a demanding qualification that places a premium on independent study and aids the development of the key skills of research, analysis and evaluation that are necessary to completed extended pieces of writing.
     
  • Providing the necessary preparation, information, advice and guidance to help our students apply and be successful in their applications to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.All students are offered support with writing their personal statements, utilising the expertise of our highly experienced careers team.These students are also offered mock interviews, the opportunity to work with most able students within the borough to develop their communication skills and the chance to practise timed entrance examinations in order to be sure that they are as prepared as possible for the rigour of the application process to these prestigious universities.