The Leigh Aspire Programme

Leigh Aspire Launched in September 2019, the Leigh Aspire programme provides cultural and academic enrichment opportunities for all our students. By building knowledge and skills beyond the curriculum, the aim is to raise both attainment and aspiration, and to provide our brightest pupils with access to the country’s top universities, including the Russell Group and Oxbridge. In its first year, the programme specifically focussed on our most-able Year 9 and Year 12 students, with a range of transformational events throughout the academic year. These include visits to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, West End theatre trips, monthly skills-development workshops with high-tariff universities, an insight day at St. George’s University of London Medical School and the opportunity to participate in a PhD-led academic enrichment programme, proven to impact student outcomes positively.