Scholar's Programme

Our Trust mission is: ‘To work in partnership, toeducate, nurture and inspire’.


The Abbey Scholars Programme is unashamedly academic and is available exclusively to students that sit in the highest tier of academic attainment at GCSE level. The programme is designed to give maximum exposure to a wide range of experiences, research and academic that facilitates students’ equitable entry into the most competitive and elite higher education institutions.


The aim of the Scholars Programme is to encourage those students who achieved excellent GCSE grades to stretch themselves academically and to aim high in their university and career aspirations.  The Scholars’ Programme is therefore a supplement to students’ academic provision, aimed to help equip them with skills in wider academic research, debating and critical thinking. Ultimately, the programme is to help prepare students for the rigorous admissions processes that are used to gain entry to: Oxbridge; Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary science; competitive courses at Russell Group universities.  


More so than ever before, Universities are expecting students to possess a repertoire of core skills that are not only vital to succeeding at undergraduate level but are essential to creating adaptability in the ever-evolving twenty-first century workplace; therefore, the programme is designed to increase their confidence and develop their abilities as an autonomous scholar. 


Scholars follow a programme of activities designed to challenge and inspire academic achievement and enhance preparedness for competitive applications. They will: 


Get individualised preparation and support when applying for challenging and competitive university courses, including Oxbridge, Russell Group, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science. 
Receive additional one-to-one ‘stretch and challenge’ work with your subject teachers. 
Participate in various access programmes from prestigious universities. 
Given the opportunity to attend organised visits and conferences, including trips to the country’s leading universities. 
Be able to attend specialised and bespoke talks by guest academic speakers.  
Take part is enrichment opportunities linked to their chosen area of study.  


If students achieve seven or more grade 7s at GCSE, they will automatically be eligible to join the Scholars’ Programme when in Year 12. Students who are particularly gifted in Art, Music or Drama but do not meet the academic criteria may also join in recognition of their talents. Students can also be nominated by their subject teachers at the end of the first term.  


In recognition of the fact that some students may mature later in their academic journey students who are academically ambitious or express a sustained desire to pursue a competitive application may also join the scholars programme. 


In enrolling on the Scholars’ Programme, students will also hold the distinguished title for the two years they are with us.  


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