Year 12 Mentoring Scheme 2021

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We know the pandemic has heavily disrupted the education of a number of students, and understand the impact this will be having on the current cohort of Year 12 students, many of whom will be thinking about applying to university for 2022 entry. In light of this, Trinity Outreach will be launching a mentoring scheme for a small group of Year 12 students. This will consist of a blend of outreach-practitioner led sessions focused on informing and guiding students on the particulars of applying to university, whilst one-to-one sessions with carefully selected student mentors will boost their academic confidence and help to fill any gaps in their curriculum knowledge.

Programme Structure

The programme will run through to December 2021, and will support students through the entirety of their application to the University of Cambridge. Sessions will run regularly, as follows:

9th March 2021: Launch event and introduction to the programme

30th March 2021: First mentoring session

13th April: First Information and Guidance Session with an Outreach Practitioner

27th April: Second mentoring session

11th May: Second Information and Guidance Session with an Outreach Practitioner

25th May: Third mentoring session

8th June: Third Information and Guidance Session and Summer Celebration

All sessions will be virtual and take place on the platform Zoom, after school hours and will last approximately an hour each. Between each session, participants will be assigned tasks to complete in their own time, typically consisting of supercurricular engagement or academic exercises to boost their chosen subject knowledge. Their mentors will also check in with them via email, allowing them to ask any questions or seek advice and help when needed.

After a short pause in the summer, sessions will resume in late August with a focus on personal statement writing, preparation for admissions testing with mentors and application clinics with our Outreach Team to ensure participants make the strongest university applications possible.

Eligibility

Students will be selected on a basis of both academic and widening participation criteria. Priority will go to students who:

  • Attend a non-fee paying school, or a fee-paying school on a full, means-tested scholarship
  • Have a strong academic record, with the intention of making an application to the University of Cambridge for 2022 entry
  • Attend a school with no or low progression to university, and Oxbridge in particular
  • Are eligible for Free School Meals, and/or have a home postcode in POLAR quintiles 1 or 2 or the lowest quintiles of the IMD
  • Are from an ethnic background underrepresented at the University of Cambridge
  • Are in, or have ever been in local authority care or classified as a refugee

This list is not finite, and extenuating circumstances will be considered with the utmost discretion if declared on a student’s application form. Students will also be asked to nominate a teacher to act as their referee if selected, who will also be invited to attend the Information and Guidance sessions and stay informed on their student’s progress, to ensure every participant is supported from both Trinity and within their own school.

Making an Application

This is a really exciting opportunity for students to supplement their own learning and work in close contact with the College and its students. To apply, please see the application form: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nL3RWkcZQfHiGF. Applications will close on the 19th February 2021.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact Lizzie at schools.liaison@trin.cam.ac.uk.