Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme

The Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP) is an Office for Students (OfS) 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.  

Who is eligible for this activity?

GAP works predominantly with students who live in specified target wards. A target ward is an area, identified by the Office for Students (OfS) 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 postcode checker below. 

Postcode checker

The project predominantly works with ten key schools selected by the number of learners who fit the postcode selection criteria, however we are in contact with other schools who have learners from target wards to deliver activity. 

The ten key schools are:

  • All Saints Academy

  • Beaufort Cooperative Academy

  • Gloucester Academy

  • The Dean Academy

  • Forest High School

  • Five Acres High School

  • Henley Bank High School

  • Pittville School

  • St Peters Roman Catholic High School

  • Tewkesbury School

What type of activities does 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 make informed choices

  • help 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

Please go to the activities and events page for a full list of the activities that we offer. 

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