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Raising Aspirations

As part of our engage and succeed ethos, every student at The Pingle Academy is encouraged and supported to set their sights high and broaden their ambitions, irrespective of their background or their individual circumstances. Our Raising Aspirations Programme aims to foster this process through a diverse range of events, speakers, visits to universities, businesses and mentoring.

Throughout their time at The Pingle Academy, students are encouraged to think about their capabilities, strengths and the careers that might interest them. Notable speakers from a multitude of professional backgrounds participate in our speaker programme, including entrepreneurs, barristers, politicians, journalists, doctors, scientists and sports people.
Students are given guidance on CV writing, interview skills and presentation, as part of their preparation for life beyond the school. This preparation includes a week of work experience in Year 10 and Year 12.

Education Beyond The Pingle Academy
Our ambition is to equip our students with the academic talent and the confidence to achieve a place at university or college and derive to most benefit from their time and experiences once there. The Raising Aspirations Programme aims to inform students about university, debunk myths, and arrange university visits, including meeting students and lecturers, touring the building and having a taster of university style lectures and seminars. We also keep parents  and carers informed and up to date with the UCAS system and provide reassurance around the sometimes daunting issues of university life. Advice is tailored to each individual student’s needs and ambitions, and includes guidance of vocational courses after The Pingle Academy.

The Pingle Academy is developing a number of partnerships, where volunteers support students through one to one or small group mentoring. Students derive benefits from interacting with adults beyond the academic environment and mentors often give huge encouragement to their mentees. Mentors too benefit from the relationship, and the rewards that helping young adults bring.

Support Us
Our Raising Aspirations Programme relies on the generosity of volunteers to work with, and help enrich the lives of the students at school. If you remember the helpful advice you received as a young adult, or the inspiration that spurred you to aim for university, and would like to encourage others in a similar way, then you could support us by:

  • talking to students about university
  • talking to students about careers
  • mentoring students
  • offering academic support
  • participating in our work experience programme

You can contact Mrs M Hall, Vice Principal, who is responsible for leading the programme:


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