Here’s a summary of the past year…
We had already successfully moved all tuition online in immediate response to the pandemic – and we made the decision to continue this for the foreseeable future.
We have been able to weather the disruptions of the pandemic in large part thanks to the commitment of our incredible staff – who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the disadvantaged young people we work with can continue to benefit from our programme.
James Topham, Headteacher at Wood Green Academy, said:
Dr Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach and Widening Participation at Imperial College London, said:
We delivered a week of online university trips for more than
Year 12 students - who “visited” UCL, the University of Leeds and the University of Sussex.
Our community of dedicated volunteers provide thousands of hours of support for our students every year and are an integral part of our organisation. As we grow – and particularly once we have doubled our current size – our research has shown us that we will no longer be able to source enough volunteers for each of our students to be tutored one-to-one.
We therefore started exploring whether we could find a way to address this: by providing even more intensive tuition at A level for small groups of students in Years 12 and 13.
Early feedback on group tutorials has found that the young people we work with are responding well to them. Students agreed that the tutorials were helping them to make progress and also they have enjoyed participating in them.
One young person said:
We were absolutely inundated with good news stories about our students beating the odds to secure places at top universities. That included students like Jakaria who got a remarkable five A*s and is now studying Medicine at UCL. And Chriso, who is studying Law at King’s College London.
of our students secured places at top universities in 2021.
Nana, who is now at Cambridge University, attended some of these webinars. She said:
The prize is named after Professor David Farnham, who was dedicated to helping young people realise their goals in life. In 2019 Professor Farnham’s family made a generous donation to The Access Project that helped us grow into more schools and adapt our programme to respond to the pandemic.
Hazera was one of the winners of the prize. Her University Access Officer said:
“Hazera was a star on The Access Project throughout her time at Hornsey, attending 45 tutorials with her tutor James last year. She achieved a 7 in GCSE Maths and made great strides throughout the year, coping well with the move online.”
Student Ceydanur (15) was selected as the winner of the Cut Short writing competition by author and former The Access Project mentor Ciaran Thapar. This competition, launched to celebrate the publication of Cut Short by Ciaran, asked students to share what they would do if they ruled the world.
The competition was judged by both Ciaran and his Penguin editors. Speaking about judging all the talent, Ciaran said: “Reading these filled me with optimism about the next generation and what they can achieve.”
Through this partnership we will extend into four schools in Cumbria and Lancashire from September 2022, so that students in these schools can beat the odds to secure places at leading universities.
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hours of tuition to our volunteers
The year ended as it began, with more COVID-19 related news. With the spread of the Omicron variant, the government called on people to work from home when they are able to. You can see how we are responding to this latest COVID-19 guidance here.
To all our amazing students, volunteers, partners and staff we just want to say an enormous thank you. 2021 has been a challenging year but we managed to weather it. Here’s to a brilliant 2022!