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Partnership opportunities for 2024/25 have been reopened

We currently have space for schools to join our programme in the coming academic year. For more information, please get in touch.

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THE ELEPHANT ACCESS PROGRAMME

Our Elephant Access Programme supports academically able students to explore and apply to top third universities. Aligned with Gatsby benchmarks 5 and 7 and Ofsted's personal development criteria, the programme provides valuable opportunities including:

  • Termly school visits from The Elephant Group;
  • University visits, day trips and residential summer schools;
  • Enhanced study support;
  • Work experience with corporate partners;
  • Practical application support;
  • Networking with other Elephant Access students;
  • Parent's evenings and open evenings;
  • Teacher CPD sessions;
  • Access to resources such as My Super Curricular and Medic Mentor;
  • Medicine and Oxbridge application, assessment and interview support;
  • Targeted support for those considering careers in medicine and technology;

“The Elephant Access Programmes opened my eyes to the benefits of attending a Russell Group university, and aspiring to attend a top university.”

– Year 13 student and successful PPE applicant to University of Sheffield

HOW THE ELEPHANT ACCESS PROGRAMME PROMOTES EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

The Elephant Access Programme aims to identify and address the barriers to accessing top third universities that are faced by state school pupils from under-resourced backgrounds. We do this by carefully curating resources and experiences that are designed to give participants the same opportunities, levels of understanding, guidance and resources as their more privileged counterparts.

 

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What our partner schools and colleges say about us

“For a long time, we’ve been concerned at the under representation of students from more disadvantaged backgrounds and this issue seems to have worsened since the pandemic. We were drawn to the work of The Elephant Group who hold similar values to our own, with a passion and commitment to increasing social mobility. Our Year 12 students joined the programme this September and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities provided to them so far. The workshops have increased their confidence and boosted their sense of aspiration. In addition, the staff involved in the programme have enjoyed working with like minded schools in a network that is giving them an insight into university admissions that will ultimately benefit our students.”

Phil Latham

Headteacher, Macmillan Academy

“Just wanted to thank you for leading on a great conference this week. It was so good for students to get the atmosphere if the campus at UAL and envisage themselves there. Furthermore, they have all fed back to me how inspired they were by Ezechi! Previous conferences have not had such a speaker as I recall, and it is so key for them to realise that they have the potential to achieve great things, connecting with someone who may have a similar background to them.

The reference writing session was also very useful”

Fiona Lucas

Charter North Academy

“We just wanted to extend our thanks on behalf of the students, who all really enjoyed themselves yesterday. Joe, student ambassador from UCL, was great at chatting with our students about his course and the extra-curricular socieities he is a part of.

Hearing from Ezechi Britton was a wonderful experience for us all, and very inspiring. On a practical note, the training regarding reference writing was incredibly helpful - thank you for this."

Amara and Peter

Caterham School

"The Elephant Group has been a crucial ally in our mission to unlock access to top universities for our scholars. Their invaluable support, from insightful advice and enriching talks to transformative trips, has greatly uplifted our sixth formers' ambitions and successes and enhanced our team's approach to guidance. We deeply appreciate the Elephant Group's steadfast dedication to fairness and high standards, making a real impact on our scholars' futures and establishing a standard for genuine support and collaboration."

Louise Heritage

Head of Sixth Form, Mercia School