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Year 12 Mentoring Scheme 2021

We know the pandemic has heavily disrupted the education of lots of students, and understand the impact this will be having on current Year 12 students  thinking about applying to university for 2022 entry. In light of this, Trinity Outreach is launching a mentoring scheme for a small group of Year 12 students.

Consisting 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.

Applications now closed

Applications for the 2021 Year 12 Mentoring Scheme 2021 closed on 19 February 2021. We hope to run the programme every year so sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear when applications open for this and our other programmes.

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:

  • 9 March 2021: Launch event and introduction to the programme
  • 30 March 2021: First mentoring session
  • 13 April: First Information and Guidance Session with an Outreach Practitioner
  • 27 April: Second mentoring session
  • 11 May: Second Information and Guidance Session with an Outreach Practitioner
  • 25 May: Third mentoring session
  • 8 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.


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.

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