Sue John Lampton - Brunel University

Lampton School
University Partnerships
Areas we have developed and believe are essential in terms of widening
participation and fair access:
Strong links with universities
Sustained programmes/partnerships – not ‘one offs’ Yrs 7 – 13
 Brunel – Urban Scholars
 Kings College themed days, mentoring, master classes, summer
schools – tailored and personalised work – Yr6/7/8 themed day
‘clinical and ethical issues’
 Imperial -E-mentoring for medical students and reference writing
 Sussex University- subject themed days Yr 9 and 10
 SOAS – 2 year mentoring scheme, including subject taster sessions
 Queen Mary’s - support with reference writing/personal statements
 UCL –support with the Extended Project
 LSE Choice programme – taster courses
In addition………….
 School liaison visits to school from Oxford,
Cambridge, LSE, UCL – whole year and targeted
groups at KS4 and 5
 Challenge days at Cambridge
 The Brilliant Club PHD students working with able
students from disadvantaged backgrounds (Good use
of Pupil Premium) Seminars – writing extended
essays and graduation at a top university
 Staff training and attendance at courses improves
guidance and advice
To replace Aim Higher we have developed our own internal
Whole school aspiration programme- targets year 7-11 students
Structured careers programme. HE focus Yr7 to 13. Yr 9 options –
making the link between KS4 and 5 more coherent
Students are mentored by a Year 12 student and focus on their academic
progress. Student led approach seems to work
Visits to develop ‘cultural capital’ – theatre, art galleries, museums etc…
Trips to universities and local companies like BP, Sky and
Independent State School Partnership – MFL – Oxford and Clifford
Developing key skills in terms of communication and confidence,
debating, critical thinking.
SEO Scholars Programme – Work experience – Freshfields, Google etc..
Persistence of staff in chasing detailed feedback from Russell Group
universities about unsuccessful applicants – improves the next round of
the application process
Examination results:
Top 5% VA for the past three years
20-30% progress to the ‘more competitive’ universities
%A*/A/B crucial – the students must get the grades – this year dip
from 52% to 45% - impact
Increase in uptake of STEM subjects
Only one applicant a year gets in to Oxbridge (Hounslow 2011 only 6
students from 14 secondary schools)
Some of our students who have got in to Cambridge had not been
identified as G+T
Halima – Somalian refugee joined in Yr 8 via Germany – Natural
Sciences at Cambridge
What could be done?
 More sustained projects with universities to strengthen subject
areas at A-level – increasingly important
 Increased opportunities for students to develop ‘cultural capital’
 Greater consistency in quality of guest speakers from universities –
not PR, tick boxing and generic power-points
 Access to high profile companies and businesses – work experience
 ‘Inside information’ in relation to university admissions – having
honest conversations
 Mores support for Oxford tests – could use Teaching School
 Greater focus on the transition between KS4 to KS5
and from 6th form to University
 Key skills – independent learning, critical and
creative thinking, study skills etc…
 More academic master classes and lectures for
students in Year 9-11; to raise aspirations and build
in challenge
Moving forward
Schools would like to see more strong partnerships between
schools and universities
Funding for these partnerships to be sustained and
implemented – both partners
More honest and open discussions between universities and
Practical information- contact details- a network built to
develop better communication

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