A groundbreaking new partnership is set to support the brightest pupils at a Rednal school to reach their full academic potential. The initiative will see University Oxford’s Keble College offering support to young people at Colmers School, in partnership with The Access Project.

Colmers School is the sixth school in the West Midlands to partner with The Access Project.

Keble College supports Oxbridge applicants from all of these schools through visits, workshops, contact with Oxford academics, as well as preparing students to make strong applications, give effective interviews and prepare for Oxbridge admissions tests.

Only 2.5 per cent of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds making it in to top universities. Participants in The Access Project scheme are more than twice as likely to go to a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background.

The project is backed by successful Keble College alumnus, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. He said: “The Access Project is doing amazing work increasing the number of bright West Midlands’ students from disadvantaged backgrounds who get into top universities. This fantastic new partnership with the University of Oxford’s Keble College also reflects my on-going commitment to promoting partnerships that ensure all young people in our region can achieve their full potential.

“Going to Keble gave me so many opportunities and I’d like to thank them for supporting students in our schools to open up those chances to them. I would also encourage any graduate who is committed to ensuring young people from the West Midlands have all the opportunities they deserve, to volunteer as a tutor with The Access Project.”

Sophia Ireland, Head of Midlands for The Access Project, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Keble College to support more young people from Birmingham reach their academic potential and be ready to take on professional jobs in our growing local economy. It’s great to have the Mayor’s support, as he provides a positive role model for our students at this stage in their academic life.”

Sir Jonathan Phillips, Warden of Keble College, said: “Not enough bright and motivated young people from less advantaged backgrounds are getting into the best universities. Keble is excited to support the charity in offering academic and mentoring support that will help bright young people from the area win places at top universities.”

Emma Leaman, Headteacher of Colmers School, added: “This exciting new partnership aligns with my desire to reduce inequality and champion our students by providing them with a truly inclusive and inspiring education.”




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