The aim of the Aspire Group is to encourage those students who achieved excellent GCSE grades to stretch themselves academically and to aim high in their university and career aspirations. These students meet on a regular basis to follow a programme of activities designed to challenge and inspire academic achievement. This includes:
- Help and advice on university choices
- Attendance at Oxbridge seminars and other similar events
- The opportunity to discuss and share ideas with other academic students
- Sessions designed to build confidence in speaking and presentation in preparation for interviews
- Guidance on completion of their UCAS application and their personal statement
- Discussions and debates specific to individual subjects to improve analytical skills
- Encouragement to participate in summer schools and residential courses offered by some universities
The Aspire Group provides support for those students who wish to access a top university. It gives them the self-confidence, skills and guidance to help them achieve their highest potential.
WG6 ASPIRE PROGRAMME
Oxbridge seminars – assess if students feel much better informed regarding potential the selection process. Feedback from the students who attend a trip to see if they are more confident regarding their applications.
Visit from local GP and medical student – talk to prospective medicine, nursing and midwifery students. This session could be aimed at helping students with their personal statement and interview.
Visit from Admissions Officer – personal statements and really good advice regarding university admissions.
Publicising summer schools and shadowing schemes – ensuring THEO is received more widely using website
Visits to University (maybe Queen Mary’s or Southampton) – groups of students taken to University for taster day. On both occasions, information given about applying, personal statements, student finance and applications.
Visit to WG6 from ex student – informal talk and QA session or get a group of Oxbridge students to come in.
One to one help given with personal statements
Mock interviews – carry out with a range of students but maybe have something specific for aspire students
After school sessions – these could be held regularly throughout the academic year for both Year 12 and Year 13 Aspire groups. In these, we discuss wider reading, current events, interview techniques, personal statements, debating and give specific advice as and when needed.
Parliament visit – Get a guided tour, talk from the Parliament Education Service and show students the importance of just taking any opportunity available.
Applying to competitive universities course – Give ideas for best practice that could be adopted by students
Oxford or Cambridge University visit – ensure a specific brief.