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Aspire and Reach Programmes


We at Waingels are committed to empowering all students to aim high and to raise their aspirations for the future. Every year many of our students achieve excellent examination results that set them on track to apply for the most competitive courses and top universities in the world. Through the Aspire and Reach Programme we seek to inspire our students to aim high and to support them in developing the confidence, knowledge and skills to take on such challenges.

Aspire Logo JPGAll students in Years 10 and 11 that are interested in applying to Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and/or highly competitive courses such as Medicine and Veterinary Sciences, are invited to join the Aspire Programme. This programme aims to provide any interested students with key information, experiences and support to ensure that they can confidently compete for such places in the future. Students will benefit from several opportunities to develop their super-curricular activities, which are so valuable to future UCAS applications, as well as virtual and real-life experiences of what it would be like to study at top institutions. Students who continue on their studies at Waingels Sixth Form will then move up to our Reach Programme to support them in the final steps towards achieving their goal.

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In the Sixth Form, the Reach Programme has been developed to support and empower students who have their hearts set on applying to study highly academic courses at the most competitive universities, including Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and/or Veterinary Sciences.  Such support includes: 

  • Early Careers support
  • Advice regarding the application process, admissions examinations and interviews, including: 
    • Extra support with entrance exams
    • Interview practice and advice
    • Subject-specific support from our links in Wellington College
  • Advice and opportunities to develop super-curricular knowledge, understanding and skills to develop confidence in competing for highly sought-after places
  • Information and support with summer school and work experience opportunities

Both programmes of support draw on links with Wellington College, University College, Oxford, and Corpus Christi College and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as the knowledge and experience of key members of staff across the school.

For further information about the Aspire and Reach programmes, please email

Follow @pdwcWaingels for further information, key links, useful ideas and initiatives.

Upcoming Events

WellingtonISSP Oxbridge Parents Information Evening – Online Event for Parents of Students in Years 10, 11 & 12

Date: Monday 26th April 2021

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Wellington College will be holding an online Oxbridge Parents Information Evening on Monday 26th April 2021, 5:30pm - 6:30pm. We have arranged for the Wellington College Oxbridge team to deliver an online presentation to the parents of students in Year 10, 11 and 12 and as this event will be online, we are happy for students to also attend.   

The main part of this online event will be a presentation about Oxford/Cambridge followed by a short discussion about the Oxbridge programme we deliver here at Wellington College to support any Oxbridge candidates through the application process. There will be an opportunity to ask questions using the chat function both during the presentation and also at the end.

Parents can register to attend the ISSP Oxbridge Parents Information Evening by sending an email to:

We will need the following information:  Name of Parent, name of the school their child attends and the year group they are in (10, 11 or 12)

The deadline for registering is 1pm on Friday 23rd April 2021

Once you have registered to attend, an email will be sent to you with a Microsoft Teams Link which you will need to use to join the online session.

For safeguarding purposes this online event will be recorded and if any students are attending they must join the session using their school email address.

If you have any questions please email