Russell Group Academic Mentoring Programme

As part of the Stretch and Challenge programme the school runs a Russell Group Academic Mentoring Programme. Student mentors meet with a fellow student, known as their mentee, on a 1:1 basis once a week. Designed to encourage and facilitate Higher Education ambitions in all of the students involved, mentors and mentees are then taken on challenge days and trips to Russell Group Universities.

  • Who is a mentor?
    Mentors are Year 12 students at Acton High School Sixth Form who volunteer their time, energy and knowledge to help and guide younger students at the school. They receive training on mentoring and advice and guidance on Higher Education which they then pass on to their mentees.  
  • Who is a mentee?
    Mentees are Year 10 and 11 students at Acton High School who have been selected for this Academic Programme because of their strong predicted GCSE grades and because they were, or are, receiving Free School Meals. They are students who show real potential to progress through Higher Education and go to university.

Higher Education Awareness Day with UCL

On the 18th June 2014 the Year 12 Sixth Form mentors were rewarded for their hard work over the course of the programme with a trip to University College London. They were given a tour of the university along with workshops on student finance and writing personal statements. 
Click here to read mentor Fayzan Mir's report on their Higher Education Awareness Day with UCL

London School of Economics Visit

On the 2nd April 2014 the Year 10 mentees visited the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to learn more about the university and higher education in general. They met current LSE students and explored the university campus.

Click here to read mentee Sabrine Hachmioune's report on their London School of Economics Visit


University of Cambridge Challenge Day

On the 24th February 2014 the Year 10 mentees attended a Challenge Day at the University of Cambridge, which included a general quiz, a tour of Emmanuel College, an inter-school debate on whether or not to go to university and then two science lectures.

Click here to read mentee Amber Thomas-Lorainey's report on their Challenge Day

Student Conference

On the 20thJanuary 2014 the Year 10 mentees attended an Oxbridge and Russell Group Student Conference as an introduction to the different subjects they could study in the future, to broaden their knowledge about universities and gain helpful tips for their GCSEs.

Click here to read mentee Amber Thomas-Lorainey's report on their Student Conference

The Russell Group Academic Mentoring Programme is run as part of the Stretch and Challenge Programme at Acton High School.
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