Schools

We work with eligible schools who share our belief that bright students, regardless of their background, should be supported to win a place at a top university. Our proven success in doing this is in no small part due to the strong partnership model we operate with schools.

School Partners

We work with eligible schools who share our belief that bright students, regardless of their background, should be supported to win a place at a top university. Our proven success in doing this is in no small part due to the strong partnership model we operate with schools.

“The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice.”
Andrew Burns, Principal, Ormiston Forge Academy

Our School Partners

We currently partner with 28 schools, many of whom we have worked with for a number of years. We limit the number of new partners we take on each year to ensure that we maintain our excellence in delivery and outcomes as we grow. If you would like to meet for an exploratory talk about how we work with schools and when we might be taking on new school partners do not hesitate to get in touch.

“The work that we do with The Access Project is seamless, the team work with our students in delivering value and extra support exactly where it is needed. It is a model of best practice.”

Andrew Burns, Principal, Ormiston Forge Academy

There are many benefits for your school partnering with us, which include:

  • Trained and DBS checked graduate volunteers who will tutor 40 of your students (years 10-13) in a weekly one-to-one session across the academic year.
  • A dedicated member of Access Project staff based in your school who works with the students on the programme, providing expert advice from year 10 to build their knowledge and understanding of universities and courses, and providing one-to-one support and advice on applications and interviews.
  • Trips to visit universities for your students on the programme organised and staffed by The Access Project.

Ultimately it’s all about delivering improved student outcomes and we have a great track record in doing this:

  • A young person who has participated in The Access Project’s programme is more than twice as likely to go to a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background.
  • Our students achieve half a grade more progress in their tutored subject at GCSE than classmates in their school.

Endorsements For Our Programme

“We know that there are areas in our city that can be neglected where, in some cases, working class students have not been able to enter the top flight universities. The aim of The Access Project is to correct that historic imbalance. I have heard first-hand the testimonials from students in Birmingham and the Black Country whose lives have been transformed as a result of the support they received.”

Colin Diamond CBE, Corporate Director, Children and Young People, Birmingham City Council

“Their programme of tutoring and impartial advice is a great example of the sustained, targeted, collaborative and robustly evaluated work we need into the future. Most importantly, it is demonstrably helping young people to unlock their potential by achieving the grades they need to get into the university of their choice.”

Chris Millward, Director of Widening Participation and Fair Access, the Office for Students

Frequently Asked Questions.

Do you work where my school is based?

Currently we are set up to work in London, Birmingham and the Black Country and the East Midlands towns of Shirebrook, Mansfield and Ashfield. If you are in one of these areas we’d love to hear from you.

Is my school eligible?

We focus our resources on the students who face the most challenges. That’s why we work with school partners who have:

30% or more students eligible for Free School Meals

Or

50% or more students eligible for Pupil Premium

Or

20% or more students are eligible for Free School Meals or 35% or more students are eligible for Pupil Premium AND the percentage of students from a POLAR Quintile 1 area is higher than 60%

Which of my students are eligible to join the programme?

We work with students who have the academic ability to get into a top university and who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented at top universities. We work with schools to select students by looking at a number of indicators to make sure we work with those who need us most.

How do teachers input into the programme?

We value teacher input very highly, and our in-school staff member ensures that the time commitment required from busy school staff is as minimal as possible. We know teachers are best placed to identify which areas in a student’s tutored subject it would be most beneficial for them to work on. We ask teachers to select topic areas three times a year and we share these with tutors. Along with this targeted subject information, tutors get comprehensive resources designed by subject experts, helping them to tutor these topic areas in the most effective way.

How do we keep track of progress?

We work closely with schools to have an ongoing dialogue focussed on delivering the best outcomes for students. This includes a termly report to you on progress.

Get In Touch

If you would like to meet for an exploratory talk about how we work with schools and when we might be taking on new school partners, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk