Aspirational Higher Education Programme for Young People

May 13, 2016

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Students pictured from left to right: Rebekkah Sheasby, Hannah Dykes and Annie Curtis

The University of Exeter have designed a programme to encourage more students in state schools and colleges to apply to go on to further education.

The programme, called Pathways to Law, helps academically able students in the South West by giving them expertise in law and experience of student life. All this knowledge and advice if offered to them throughout their two years in Post-16, this then helps to prepare them for life in further education.

Post-16 students who are the first in their family to apply to continue on to university get expert advice and mentoring for a period of two years. They are also able to apply for various scholarships that are offered by the University of Exeter.

Three students from Hele’s School in Plympton were fortunate enough to be part of the programme. Annie Curtis, Rebekah Sheasby and Hannah Dykes immersed themselves in all the lectures and workshops on offer at the University and recently graduated with flying colours from the Pathways to Law programme.

Justine Mason, Principal at the Plympton school commented….. “We are always keen to get involved in schemes that extend opportunities and raise aspirations of the young people in our care; our link with Exeter University through the Pathways to Law programme is just one example of how we do this. I am so proud of the achievements of Annie, Rebekah and Hannah Dykes.

Having myself been the first and only member of my extended family to go to University, I have a passion for ensuring all our students, regardless of background, dream big, aim high and work hard to achieve their aspirations wherever they lie. Not everyone would like to go to University, and for some it might not be a suitable progression route, but we have a moral obligation as Educators to open everyone’s eyes to the full menu of opportunities that exist beyond Sixth Form and to support young people to take that next step after graduating from Hele’s.”

All three Hele’s School students are now excited about their future plans at University.

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