As we enter the second year of our partnership with The Access Project, we are delighted to be able to share some success stories from the 2022-23 academic year.

Despite top A-level grades taking a steep drop in England this year, it was an incredible day for The Access Project’s Year 13 students and we are very proud of all they have accomplished.

At Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Georgina (pictured) was awarded four A* grades in her A-level exams and is able to pursue her dream of studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Georgina applied to The Access Project because she was seeking additional support with her Maths and tool part in over 20 small group online tutorial sessions. Georgina said:

I’m really happy all my hard work has paid off and I can finally do what I wanted to do.

Also at Darwen Aldridge, Amelia was awarded one A* and two A grades in her A-level exams. She will be studying Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Amelia dreams of becoming a GP, and she joined The Access Project to support her with her studies after disruption to her learning in the previous academic year, recognising how competitive it is to go on to study Medicine at a top university. Amelia said:

I am ecstatic, I can’t believe it. I’m so happy.

It is clear that the students at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy have had transformational support from The Access Project, and we are thrilled to celebrate their achievements as they begin university study. Although we are saddened to lose Darwen Aldridge as a partner school this year, we look forward to continuing to support students in the area through our double-provision partnership with Darwen Vale High School.

Over in Cumbria, we are delighted to share that Jessica and Leah are pursuing degrees at the University of Leeds after having achieved AAB and ABB respectively in their A-levels. The success at West Coast Sixth Form does not end there, as Bekkie attained AAB on results day and is going on to study Law with Criminology at the University of Liverpool. We look forward to continuing our relationship with The Access Project in Whitehaven Academy, Workington Academy and West Coast Sixth Form to support more students in the coming academic year.

Having joined Queen’s as Schools Liaison, Outreach and Recruitment Officer over the summer, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for our partnership with The Access Project from staff, current students, and old members alike. Thanks to this generous community support, we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of future generations of TAP students in the North West.

To keep up to date with our Access and Outreach work, you can follow our Instagram page at @oxqueensaccess.