Since 2011, the programme has helped 50 students from across the district. Students from this year’s cohort will be going to study subjects including law, psychology and philosophy at universities that include Manchester, Leeds and the London School of Economics.
The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) will be opening applications for a new year of programmes this term to support Year 12 students to access top universities and professions.
The SMF is a charity that helps young people from low-income backgrounds, the majority of whom are eligible for Free School Meals, enter universities and top professions.
Successful students are provided with a programme of mentoring, skills development, university application support and the opportunity for work placements at over 200 prestigious employers in the UK. Support continues whilst they are at university.
Current SMF student Mateusz, from Tong High School, starts at the London School of Economics this autumn. Reflecting on the benefits of our mentoring support, Mateusz, said: "My mentor has not only been able to guide me through my university application
and admissions tests, but has also been very helpful in explaining the realities of my chosen career and steered me in the right direction. The insight and knowledge I have received from him, combined with the support from the SMF, has enable me to secure
a place at one of the best universities in the world.”
Amandeep, from Bradford Academy, starts at the University of Leeds this year. Amandeep took part in SMF’s Linklaters Law Residential Programme and said: "The residential at Linklaters was very rewarding and a once in a lifetime opportunity. It helped me
understand the key operations that are important within the law sector, as well as gain valuable skills, which are important to any profession.”
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: "I’d like to congratulate the young people who took part who have worked so hard to get to university. This is a great initiative, where young people, often from disadvantaged
backgrounds, have been able to achieve more and gain new skills by being supported and mentored.”
Teachers and young people can find out more, including how to apply, at the SMF’s website:
www.socialmobility.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday, 21 December 2015.