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What can you expect from the acamedy? 


The programme is designed to support young people in foster care to access - and flourish in - higher education.  As such we support young people academically throughout GCSE’s and A-levels in order that they can get the grades required to access higher education and go on to obtain a good degree. 

Academically, the emphasis of the summer academies is to prepare students for the upcoming school year by developing fundamental skill sets required in that year.

Life skills

In addition to the academic programming we will teach important life skills such as cooking and nutrition, self-soothing, anger management and emotional regulation, financial literacy, education and other rights and self-advocacy.

Exposure to Higher Education

The third element of the programme is about exposure to, and a sense of belonging in, higher education.  Over the 4 years students of the academy will join in with various elements of university life such as student societies, sports and recreation. 

They will also have taster sessions from a wide variety of subject areas both at St Mary’s and in partnership with other universities, in order to gain experience of the huge variety of degree subjects available and make informed subject and career choices, when the time comes.

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