24.01.19 | Press

Aspire to HE launches its Right Track programme for a brand-new cohort of pupils from across the Black Country and Telford and Wrekin.

Held at the University of Wolverhampton, City Campus, the Right Track launch took place across two days and invited pupils from 12 secondary schools to consider what they want to achieve in their future and how they’ll get there.

Right Track is an on-going programme, starting in year 10, that aims to boost pupil aspirations and give them the knowledge, skills and understanding to make an informed ambitious decision about their future.

Pupils from different schools had the opportunity to get to know each other a little better when the event kicked off with a game of ‘human bingo’, followed by team building activities and a workshop which introduced higher education, and got pupil’s thinking about their future selves.


Parents were also invited to an evening session, which included a formal launch to the programme and an insight from Tara Atkins, a year 11 pupil at Shelfield Academy in Walsall who took part in Right Track last year. Her advice to this year’s cohort included; ‘when a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade, because you never know where it might lead!’ The event ended with an inspiring session from Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, Dr Martin Khechara.

In the new year, continuing on Right Track, pupils will come back onto campus at the University of Wolverhampton for an Outreach Day. They’ll get hands on experience of university life with academic staff and work with an Aspire Ambassador in their school to look closely at the steps they need to take to achieve their goals.

At the end of the school year, pupils will be able to attend one of our Right Track Summer Schools. These events are a 2 night residential based at the University of Wolverhampton, where pupils get the full university experience of living on campus in Halls of Residence, meeting new people, and taking part in subject workshops. 

The main aim of the Aspire to HE partnership, part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), is to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. Aspire to HE is currently working with schools and colleges in 29 wards, across the Black Country, Telford and Wrekin, where students have lower than expected levels of progression to higher education.

Since Aspire to HE began its work in January 2017, the partnership has worked with over 20,000 young people, with 8,000 of those in target areas. This is some of the highest levels of pupil engagement amongst the 29 NCOP partnerships spread across England.