Oxford Brookes’ school partnerships enjoy positive A-level results

Friday, 18 August 2017

Oxford Academy

With students receiving their A-level results on Thursday 17 August, the University saw success for two of the schools it supports.

Oxford Brookes University is a sponsor of The Oxford Academy and has worked closely with the school over a number of years to support pupil progression to university, including mentoring, application and finance advice, and university taster sessions.

The Academy celebrated positive results, with the majority of the 50 Year 13 pupils who had opted to study BTECs, an A-Level equivalent qualification, averaging a distinction.

Alice Wilby, Director UK Recruitment and Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University, said: “We’re proud to support The Oxford Academy and it’s really encouraging to hear of how well the pupils did.

“Sponsorship is just a small part of Oxford Brookes’ widening participation activity and we run an extensive outreach programme with schools and colleges across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Swindon.

“Our activities are designed both to increase participation and to ensure students succeed once they start their studies. An important aspect of our work involves raising the confidence and aspirations of students.”

Activities include a community scholarship scheme, Brookes Engage, where the University works with local sixth form students supporting them to apply to university and also a new academic outreach initiative, Discover Brookes, which provides academic enrichment activities in schools.

UTC Swindon, which Oxford Brookes helped to establish as a co-sponsor, also celebrated after seeing a rise in the number of top grades achieved by students in their BTEC Level 3 Engineering diplomas. Students at the UTC gained an average grade of Distinction+ for technical qualifications and a C+ average grade for A-level subjects.

Open since September 2014, the University Technical College caters for students aged 14 to 19 providing pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to be the country’s engineering talent of the future

Sponsorship is just a small part of Oxford Brookes’ widening participation activity and we run an extensive outreach programme with schools and colleges across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Swindon.

Alice Wilby, Director UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

UTC Swindon provides GCSE and A levels, BTEC qualifications in Engineering and IT are available for young people to study alongside both GCSE's and A-levels. 

Oxford Brookes also leads on a collaborative Study Higher partnership with universities and further education colleges across Oxfordshire and beyond, including Swindon.

In 2016 it was awarded £3.4 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as part of their National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

Find out more about the University’s outreach activities on the website.