St John's College Oxford

St John’s College launches the next phase of the Inspire programme

Date 13 March 2019

St John’s announces the creation of a new in-depth programme aimed at highly able, pre-GCSE, state school students in Ealing and Harrow.

Square Inspire LogoIt will launch in September 2019 for students at the start of Year 9 (13-year-olds) and will run until the end of July 2022 when those students will have completed their GCSE year (Year 11).

 The programme is designed to

  • support highly able students with inspiring digital curriculum content and resources for in-depth study;
  • provide stimulating extra-curricular activities, such as debating, to develop broader non­-academic skills;
  • raise students’ aspirations and self-belief about their potential to achieve.

  • Teenagers doing science

The programme is backed by an investment of £825,000 over the three years and will

  • select 10 highly able students from each of 40 state secondary schools in Harrow and Ealing to take part;
  • recruit and fund a teacher coordinator in each school to support students and run sessions;
  • fund workshops and summer schools for students, teachers, parents and carers;
  • employ a Project Lead to launch, develop and implement the programme from lead schools in the area.

400 students and 40 teachers will be involved in this unique inspirational opportunity.

" I am delighted that the College is now able to extend its outreach programmes to Year 9 students through this exciting new initiative. St John’s wishes to do all it can to widen access to higher education and to encourage all students to aim high and to believe in their potential to achieve. " St John’s College President, Professor Margaret Snowling

Inspire Brochure

For more details of the full programme, click here.

If your state school is in Harrow and Ealing and you would like to take part, please contact the Fellow for Access and Admissions, Dr Sandra Campbell.