Research together with ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programme has provided evidence that the programme consistently achieves its aims. Many of our Scholars respond positively to the programme, not only by demonstrating higher academic success and orientation towards University education, but also by acquiring a greater level of self-confidence, resilience and a capacity for rational thinking.
Destination data is gathered for scholars post-programme. The most recent leavers had a higher education orientation with only 30% on entry, which increased to 54% after one year, rising to 88% after 3-years attendance. On leaving the programme, 91% (of a 52% sample) had converted these aspirations into reality having received offers of places at Universities to start in the autumn 2018. Midway through this autumn term 83% (of a 58% sample) are at University studying STEM or Finance & Economics related subjects. Furthermore, 65% are at Russell group institutions and two Scholars are studying in the USA on full scholarships.
When asked how the programme had impacted on them, Scholars’ responses included the following: thinking more about the future (86%), more willing to seize opportunities ( 80%), having a greater awareness of the benefits of studying (84%) , improved social skills (53%), and increased confidence (57%). These responses are set within the context of a recent report commissioned by the Prince’s Trust, ‘The Youth Index, 2018’, which found that 51% of young people noted that a lack of confidence held them back and 21% thought that, no matter hard they work, they could not be successful or make something of their lives. The programme offers Scholars a range of opportunities and confidence is nurtered to prompt the Scholars to seize them.