The Aspire Programme

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At Launceston College, we are dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes and progress for all of our students.

Emma Platt, Issy Paul are seen here after completing their matriculation ceremony at Oxford University.

Emma Platt and Issy Paul are seen here after completing their matriculation ceremony at Oxford University.

We have long understood that our students are as able as any in the country, but are often in need of the specialised interview and thinking skills required to excel in the pressurised atmosphere of an Oxbridge interview.

The Aspire Programme seeks to provide this extra-curricular support in addition to the excellent teaching and pastoral support our students already benefit from.

Students are selected based on their ability and their successful GCSE results, and are offered a personalised, package of support which primarily involves one-to-one weekly tutorials with specialist staff, where they receive coaching and individual feedback on their university and course choices, communication skills, their ability to think broadly within and outside their subject areas, and they are challenged to broaden their cultural and intellectual horizons.

 

 

Current Aspire students being accompanied by former Aspire students for some punting during a recent trip to Oxford University.

Current Aspire students being accompanied by former Aspire students for some punting during a recent trip to Oxford University.

 

We are delighted that since 2014, nine students from the Aspire Programme have achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge, and other participants have gone on to top Russell Group Universities.

Philip Baker, currently studying Medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford

Philip Baker, currently studying Medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford

They are:

2017 – Ruchen He – Physics at Jesus College, Oxford.

2017 – Izzy Paul – Theology and Religion at Worcester College, Oxford

2017 – Emma Platt – English and French at St. John’s College, Oxford.

2017 – Emma Gillard – Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

2017 – Sarah Pengelly – Medicine at Cardiff University.

2016 – James Bate – Physics at Oriel College, Oxford

2015 – Philip Baker – Medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford

2015 – Sam Bunn – Veterinary Medicine at Royal Veterinary College, London.

2015 – Scarlett Long – Human, Social and Political Sciences at St.John’s College, Cambridge

2014 – Ellie Parsons – English at Mansfield College, Oxford

2014 – Luke Shillaber – Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge

 

We look forward to future successes!

 

Aspire students visiting the library at St. John‘s College, Oxford

Aspire students visiting the library at St. John‘s College, Oxford