Higher education and school partnership

Bringing students and teachers together with academics and higher education opportunities

Warwick University and RSA Academies have partnered together to bring an exciting range of opportunities to both students and teachers from the academies in order to inspire interest in and understanding of Higher Education. Forming part of Warwick’s Widening Participation strategy, we are connecting students from Year 7 upwards to continuing education and the world of work. There are stimulating programme across the schools that have included taster days at the University, and support for pupils, teachers and parents about the University application process. Those benefiting include pupils from lower income families or who do not have anyone with University experience in their immediate family.

So far, the schools have got involved in a variety of outreach activities aimed at both aspiration- and attainment-raising, thanks to the partnership. This includes all schools encouraging students to sign up to IGGY, an online learning platform for 13-18 year olds, students partaking in the Unitracks programme, Warwick’s national programme for 14-18 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, and participating in Chemistry for All, a five-year project with the Institute of Education working with 12-17 year olds to widen participation in chemistry.

The programme of activities is intended to increase knowledge of and appetite for a university education.  Older students then have priority access to some of Warwick University’s programmes with the aim to encourage aspirations and raise attainment, with GCSE bootcamps and A-Level revision classes on offer.

Read our booklet on the RSA Academies and Warwick University partnership.

Schools involved:

Holyhead School

RSA Academy

Ipsley CE RSA Academy

Arrow Vale RSA Academy

Whitley Academy

Project details:

Date Started 01 May 2014
Date Finished on going
Project Funder RSA Academies, Warwick University and individual schools