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Reach Academy

The Reach Academy is a unique initiative for academically gifted students, to encourage you to stretch yourself academically and aim high in your university and career ambitions. The programme involves committing approximately 2 hours per week to extra-curricular activities and experiences that will develop your skills and knowledge to benefit your university and job applications.

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What are the benefits of joining the Reach Academy?

You will:

  • Take part in a programme of extra-curricular activities, designed around your needs, which will challenge and inspire you to aim high and achieve more.
  • Attend regular one-to-one help, advice and mentoring sessions to support your university and career choices.
  • Take part in a selective university preparation programme to help you to succeed in applications to Oxford, Cambridge, Science and Medicine courses and the very competitive Russell Group of universities.
  • Join other like-minded high flying students and work together on projects and initiatives like the Reach Academy newsletter - click here to read the latest version.
  • What kind of activities are available in the Reach Academy?

    The programme of events changes each year, but typically includes:

    • a residential visit
    • inspiring master classes and lectures from top professionals
    • e-mentoring
    • conferences, scholarships, internships and
    • competitions, debates and discussions

    You will also have access to the Young Gifted and Talented Academy, including online resources and subject focus days.

  • How do I join the Reach Academy?

    There are limited places on the Reach Academy. You will need to achieve A or A* grades in all academic subject GCSEs and show a strong motivation to develop yourself. You will be selected based on your academic qualifications and following an interview with the Reach Academy Coordinator.

    As a member of the Reach Academy, you will commit to 60 hours a year for Reach activities in addition to your course studies - this is the equivalent to about 2 hours a week. The Academy is free but there will be charges for some events and activities. Some financial support may be available where there are costs involved.

    Please click here to download an interactive application form. The closing date for applications for September 2016 is the 29th of February 2016.

  • How can I find out more?

    Please email  Dr Martin Gilbert (Reach Academy Coordinator) on  or Sue Voysey, Reach Academy Administrator on

    Safeguarding, Tutoring, Equality and Wellbeing
    Greystone House
    Hele Road
    EX4 4JS

    Telephone: 01392 400330

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