The launch of the 2014 Merton Sixth Form Partnership Higher Education Aspirations Programme took place at Raynes Park High School, with over 200 Year 12 students from across the borough in attendance.
The Merton Sixth Form Partnership Programme brings together all of Merton’s Sixth Forms; Ricards Lodge High School, Rutlish School, St Mark’s Church of England Academy, Ursuline High School, Wimbledon College and Raynes Park Sixth Form to offer students an introduction to a range of higher and further education possibilities.
The programme was introduced by Jane Lawner, Director of Sixth Form at Raynes Park High School, after which students broke into groups for presentations across five different sessions on a range of subjects including; the creative industries, apprenticeships, medicine, Oxbridge and the Russell Group of Universities. Speakers at the event included representatives from University of Oxford, Roehampton University, St George’s University and King’s College London.
Merton Council cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “We want our students to have high aspirations and this programme is very exciting for the borough’s young people. We see improvements every year in many of our schools as the teaching staff, pupils and their families work hard to better their results and achieve their dreams of going on to university or to take up an apprenticeship.”
Ms Lawner said “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to find out about higher education and particularly the opportunities for our most able students across the borough. The programme continues throughout the year with up to six sessions led by the participating schools, ensuring students receive appropriate information and guidance on how to apply and secure a place at a top university or apprenticeship scheme.”