Our mission is to provide a rigorous and transformational education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond. Over the two years you spend studying in sixth form, you will be prepared academically by your teachers for success in your academic qualifications.
The Access Project (TAP)
King Solomon Academy is part of The Access Project, a charity which provides free academic tutoring and in school mentoring to students who have the potential to attend a selective university after Sixth Form. The Access Project provides support to young people who may not otherwise have access to the support they need to reach their full potential and who are from backgrounds that are underrepresented at the UK’s top universities. KSA pupils have the opportunity to be part of The Access Project during your time in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
There are 20 spaces on the programme in each year group. There is a dedicated University Access Officer in school who organises your tuition and provides you with the information, guidance and mentoring pupils need to gain a place at a top university.
If pupils successfully gain a place on the programme, they will be allocated a volunteer, academic tutor and will be expected to attend weekly one-to-one tutorials online or at the tutor’s place of work. By communicating professionally with their tutor, pupils will also develop your communication skills and their understanding of a workplace.
Pupils are offered in-school mentoring sessions, either as a workshop or as a one-to-one where they are provided with guidance on the university process. This includes support with choosing courses, researching and choosing universities and writing personal statements. Participants also receive termly newsletters with opportunities for work experience and university taster courses that you can apply for.
All of this support and guidance, alongside in school university and careers supports, helps participants to make the best application to university for the course that they want to study. This is a fantastic opportunity for KSA pupils to gain extra support in a subject and to strengthen future university applications.
Should you have any questions please speak to our University Access Officer, Ruby Tapper.
Students who have exceptional prior attainment at GCSE will be invited to be part of the Oxbridge Programme in our Sixth Form. The group takes part in a range of additional activities across the year to prepare for the additional demands of an application to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Our Oxbridge programme prepares students to apply to the top universities by covering three key areas:
- Understanding elite academic institutions and how to apply
- Excelling academically at A level and achieving an A* grade
- Wider academic reading and research
Students on the Oxbridge programme will take part in trips and academic sessions across the year provided by the school, as well as gaining support through Ark’s Project Oxbridge and The Access Project’s Oxbridge Society. They will receive mock interview support, assistance with revising for their admissions tests and suggested reading lists to support them with their application.