The excellence programme for our A Level students
Strode Aspire offers Strode students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them to achieve their ambitions. If you:
- aspire to study at top universities;
- are interested in science, literature, current affairs and economics;
- enjoy thinking and talking about important issues and ideas; and
- you are ambitious to secure a job with purpose and impact,
you will want to know about Strode Aspire.
What does Strode Aspire offer?
All students at Strode receive support in making their university applications and we have an enviable success rate. Those applying to the best universities, particularly those in the Russell Group, receive tailored support through Strode Aspire, with additional sessions available to students applying to Oxford and Cambridge.
The Strode Aspire university preparation programme will include:
- open day visits to top universities,
- building your profile,
- individual tutorials,
- personal statement preparation, and
- interview techniques.
Strode Aspire Speakers Programme
Strode Aspire members are invited to attend a full programme of inspirational talks from figures of national importance, members of the local business community and Strode alumni. Each event is followed by a seminar where members can discuss the event.
Strode Aspire Reading Group
The Strode Aspire reading programme has been carefully developed to give an awareness and insight into ideas and events that have shaped our world. Each month there is a meeting where members can discuss each title, share their understanding and swap titles for further reading.
Strode Aspire Residential
Each year Strode Aspire members can join the residential trip to Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. Scientists should not be put off by the title, as recent Hay speakers include Brian Cox, Frank Close, Martin Rees and Oliver Sachs.
Strode Aspire Debating Society
The Debating Society is open to all Strode students but Aspire members are expected to take a lead in shaping the programme and the events.
All Strode Aspire members are invited to participate in the self
presentation programme where they will:
- practise public speaking, and
- learn about the importance of self image, self confidence and personal presentation.
Extended Project Qualification
Alongside their A Level programme, Strode Aspire members are expected to complete an Extended Project Qualification to help develop their:
- research skills,
- independent learning skills,
- academic profile.
How do I join Strode Aspire?
Applications are welcome from any Strode student with mostly A* and A GCSEs. Other students can apply and will be admitted depending on the quality of their application and passing an aptitude test. In addition, Strode Aspire members should be committed to achieving their personal best and be willing to undertake a wide range of activities designed to help them perform at the highest levels.
What will Strode Aspire cost?
Strode Aspire is free but there are costs associated with residential trips and some speakers. If you have difficulty in meeting these costs financial help may be available. Students should not see cost as a barrier to participation.
Can I take part in other enrichment activities at Strode?
We want you to take part in a range of other activities at college, for example, sport, music and drama. For this reason Strode Aspire sessions do not clash with Wednesday afternoon activities, but for some events you will need to stay at college after 4.30pm. If you are not able to arrange after hours transport please let us know. Students should not see transport as a barrier to participation.
Will I fit in?
Strode Aspire welcomes everyone who has achieved mainly A* and A GCSE grades (GCSE score of 6.8 or above) or who passes the aptitude test and is willing to work hard to achieve excellence.