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About the Project:

The City of Portsmouth is significantly under-represented in terms of state-educated students progressing to Russell Group Universities, including Oxbridge, and to other leading universities. The aim of the AFAE project is to provide a focused programme to increase ambition, aspiration and applications to the most prestigious universities in the UK. Through regular holiday and after-school sessions, we hope to help these talented students to grow in confidence, introducing them to essential skills and knowledge that will help them to achieve the best grades and stand strong in the competition for places on the most competitive courses at top universities.

Who are the Russell Group?

The Russell Group represents the 20 leading UK universities each of which is committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Russell Group universities are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Who is on board:

MPs – Penny Mordaunt (Conservative) Mike Hancock (Lib Dem)

Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council – David Williams
Leader of Portsmouth City Council - Gerald Vernon Jackson
Director of Children’s Services – Julian Wooster
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services – Cllr John Ireland
Cabinet Member for Education - Cllr Terry Hall

EBP Chief Executive: Cathy Longhurst
Head Teachers of all 10 Secondary Schools in Portsmouth and their governing bodies.

Express FM Director – Cheryl Buggy (Deputy Lord Mayor 2010/2011)
Major Employers – IBM, QA Hospital Trust
Portsmouth City Council Local Strategic Partnership

The Russell Group is publishing Informed Choices, a very helpful document designed to offer students advice on choosing their A-levels (and equivalents).  Please follow this link for further information: http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/russell-group-latest-news/137-2011/4746-new-guidance-on-post16-study-choices/

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