About

Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme

The Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP) is a government funded initiative that aims to raise aspiration to university level study (higher education) amongst pupils from targeted areas in Gloucestershire.

Part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), GAP is delivered by the GROWS Network and aims to support the government’s goals to:

  • double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020

  • increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups

  • address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in university level study.

Through GAP, pupils from year 9 upwards, who live in target wards, are able to access a range of events and opportunities that aims to increase their awareness of the opportunities available at university level study and support them to make informed decisions about their futures.  GAP will deliver a range of initiatives both in and out of school and for both pupils and parents / carers alike.  

What is the GROWS Network?

GROWS is a collaborative network of six Gloucestershire based universities and colleges, it is led by the University of Gloucestershire in partnership with Cirencester College, Gloucestershire College, Hartpury College, Royal Agricultural University and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

What is a target ward?  

A target ward is an area, identified by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as having lower than expected numbers of learners progressing to university level study based on GCSE attainment (results). To see if you live in a target ward please use the post checker below.

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Which schools does GAP work with?

GAP is primarily working with ten schools and one college, however we are in contact with other schools who have learners from target wards to deliver activity. The schools and college are:

  • All Saints Academy

  • Beaufort Cooperative Academy

  • Gloucester Academy

  • Dean Academy

  • Forest High School

  • Five Acres High School

  • Millbrook Academy

  • Pittville School

  • St Peters Roman Catholic High School

  • Tewkesbury School

  • Gloucestershire College

What type of activities will GAP deliver?

GAP delivers a wide range of activities to learners and parents / carers that should:

  • raise awareness of the benefits of university level study

  • help them make informed choices

  • help them view HE as an achievable and realistic target

  • provide advice and guidance on how to apply to university and the types of course available

  • build confidence in their abilities

  • provide opportunities to explore or experience subjects and / or careers

For more information please email grows@glos.ac.uk.

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  • Hartpury College and University Centre logo
  • Royal Agricultural University logo
  • South Gloucestershire and Stroud College logo
  • University of Gloucestershire logo
  • Cirencester College logo