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  • Do you have at least 6 A*-B GCSEs with excellent grades in English, Maths or Science?
  • Are you committed to extra-curricular activities?
  • Do you want to attend Oxford or Cambridge Universities?

Our High Achievers’ Academy is designed to help stretch academically talented students to achieve great results and enhance their full potential.  Assistant Principal Stuart Barlow Comments “Andover College attracts students for many reasons, our commitment to excellence being just one. We are proud of our record of taking talented students and coaching and supporting them to achieve their potential. This is achieved through the strong team of staff dedicated to bringing out the best in individuals, mentoring students through challenges and delivering a programme to stretch intellect and take achievements to new levels.

What is a High Achiever?

High achievers are students who have gained excellent grades in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science).  If you are likely to achieve six or more GCSEs at A* – B grades, including Maths and English, then you will be considered for inclusion in the High Achievers Academy.

The High Achievers Academy has specially tailored activities and opportunities designed to enhance personal development and enable academic students to reach their true potential. Whether studying A-Levels or BTEC courses, this programme provides the opportunity to interact and socialise with talented students from other disciplines.

There are two programmes for High Achievers at Andover College, one for AS (first year) students and one for A2 (second year) students.

AS Academy Students

We will also introduce you to the idea of Oxford and Cambridge universities through conferences and visits, as well as prepare you for writing personal statements, volunteering, fundraising and help explore work experience opportunities.

In the first year of the Academy you will be expected to study four subjects in their first year and in tutorials you will have the opportunity to develop transferrable skills for life beyond college.

This year, the AS High Achievers have organised college debates, creating and researching the questions themselves, and chairing debates with their peers.

From October to Christmas is the focus is on the Christmas Fair. This is an opportunity to raise money for local charities chosen by the students. The group is split into three teams – creative, marketing or production – and challenged to organise everything for the Fair; when, where, promoting the Fair and, sourcing and creating things to sell.

Following January exams, it’s time to start thinking about what you might like to do after college. You may be looking at university, work or apprenticeships – or you may have no idea what you want to do! The group explores a number of opportunities, including introducing the idea of Oxford and Cambridge as a university choice through conferences and visits from universities representatives. The group will prepare for writing personal statements for university or job applications, and research how volunteering and work experience can make you a stronger candidate.

A2 Academy Students

In the second year, focus shifts to preparation and planning for leaving college and entering university or the workplace. For those applying to university the first term is based around the completion of UCAS applications. Personal statements are drafted, edited and attached to your UCAS application online. This is a very important process as the personal statement is the basis for your application to study at university, considered alongside academic references from your lecturers at College. The universities will then make an offer reflecting the grades (or numbers of points) that the university course requires.

For students not applying to university – perhaps to take a gap year, take additional qualifications at College, or go into an apprenticeship – there will be opportunities to discuss volunteering, preparing for interviews and writing a covering statement for job applications. The second term continues preparing for university and job interviews. We work through applications for student finance and discuss budgeting: a must for any student or first time worker! Using real life situations, such as weekly shopping, sessions develop skills to support you in your financial future.

Second year students may also study for an AS Extended Project. Based on a subject of personal interest, this project extends research and study skills to deliver an in-depth project.The final part of the year is preparing for the summer exams.

Some of the activities include:

  • Oxbridge Preparation including on to one support, practice interviews and application advice.
  • UCAS Conferences
  • Interview practice
  • Outreach in local schools
  • College debates
  • Student Ambassador
  • Student Governor
  • Peer mentoring
  • Fundraisers

Download our High Achievers Leaflet