In effect, Linacre Partner Schools gain a team of first-class in-house experts to drive ambition and excellence for able sixth-formers – especially in helping them reach our most selective universities – all at a tiny fraction of the cost of appointing a dedicated member of staff.
Our work has been called “beyond outstanding” and we have a five-year record of demonstrated success. Several Partner Schools have posted record results, both in terms of student performance and university destinations.
Why become a Linacre Partner School?
What students do after sixth-form is being looked at more closely than ever. Firstly, by students and parents choosing sixth-forms in an ferocious market. And secondly by Ofsted, who make it clear that they will be examining “information about the destinations of those leaving the sixth form, to check the extent to which provision meets the needs of all groups of students”.
In a separate report, Ofsted say they are looking especially closely at:
- Why … there [is] such disparity in admissions to Russell Group universities between a small number of mainly independent schools and the majority of comprehensive schools
- [T]he quality of careers advice and its impact on A-level students, particularly in terms of their successful application to top universities
- Whether students receive good advice and support on how to complete their UCAS forms/personal statements
- Whether the most able students from disadvantaged backgrounds are as likely as the most able students from more affluent families to progress to top universities, and if not why?
Why we can help
Linacre is uniquely positioned to help schools shine in these areas.
Our partnership with Westminster School – which sends a higher proportion of students to leading universities than anyone in the UK – means we know what excellence looks like.
Our people and teachers have almost all walked the path from state comprehensives to world-class universities themselves, and know the balance of reassurance and challenge needed to help others follow.
And we have a proven programme with an outstanding record of success.
- Wales High School saw the percentage of their sixth-formers reaching highly selective (Sutton Trust 30) universities almost double in their first year of working with us.
- Hall Cross in Doncaster have called our support “transformational both in terms of the attitude and attainment of our most able students, including grade outcomes as well as destinations”.
What Partner Schools provides
- access to places on the hugely successful Linacre - Reach Higher course. This is our flagship programme and so far more than 9⁄10 students have won offers from at least one of our 12 most selective universities including Oxbridge
- first-class advice and support (“beyond outstanding” - Hall Cross Academy) for both staff and students
- an inspirational presentation to able students, which last year left 86% of students ‘more likely’ or ‘very much more likely’ to apply to highly competitive universities
- an annual CPD day (“there has been a sea-change in the attitude of staff to highly selective universities” - Wales High School)
- presentations and stands at open evenings to help you with Sixth Form recruitment
- access to a growing bank of resources that have helped us achieve unique success with Oxbridge applications
The annual fee for Partner Schools is £500. We then charge £350 per Reach Higher place - or about a sixth of the cost price. We work hard to keep costs to schools as low as we can. We are confident we offer excellent value.
If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- basic information on the Sixth Form - size, areas and feeder schools you tend to draw students from
- a brief overview of student destinations for the past two years
- a brief overview of Oxbridge success rates in previous years
- if you have it, the proportion of Sixth Form students who were eligible for free school meals at some point in their school career, and the proportion of students in each Polar 3 quintile
- a rough idea of the range of GCSE results of Sixth Formers and the number with very good results (4A*+)
- rough idea of how many Y13s usually achieve AAA or higher at A level.
None of this has to be hugely detailed and don’t worry if bits of it are not available.
Our latest Partner School this summer said:
We’ve ended up posting record results (looking like the best any school in our authority has ever managed at A level) so our Reach Higher students have been a really great beacon for what ended up as a fantastic year group! I can’t express enough how delighted I am that we started working with you in that year (I have cold sweats thinking about if we hadn’t!)
Places as partner schools come up only infrequently and no school has ever left the programme.