Partnership aims to raise aspiration in Clacton

Published: 3 October 2017 at 13:56

Excited school children

Anglia Ruskin to work with IntoUniversity to provide a new education centre

A new after-school centre in Clacton, aimed at raising attainment and encouraging aspiration, is opening its doors this month thanks to a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University and charity IntoUniversity.

Supported by Anglia Ruskin, the charity will offer a programme of after-school academic support, mentoring and workshop opportunities designed to complement school studies and help local students understand the benefits of higher education.

Local schools will work with the scheme and it is hoped up to 900 young people from Clacton and the surrounding area will benefit every year, with the centre to be located in Imperial House, Rosemary Road.

Several electoral wards in Clacton are in the bottom fifth of the UK for higher education participation, according to data from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In Rush Green ward, just 8.2% of 15-year-olds went on to higher education in the 2005/06 and 2010/11 academic years. In neighbouring Frinton, the number was 48%.

The centre will open its doors to both primary and secondary school students this month.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University said:

"A university education provides incredible opportunities for our students – we are absolutely focussed on providing access to this for students from all backgrounds. This is especially the case for communities where many young people don’t even consider university as a possibility for them.

“This exciting partnership aims to help people realise that higher education is indeed an option and looks to hone their skills at a vital point in their lives to enable them to make the most of their talents and abilities.

“This is Anglia Ruskin’s first partnership with IntoUniversity and we are delighted to be working with an organisation that aligns so well with our desire to widen participation and raise aspirations."

Dr Rachel Carr OBE, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of IntoUniversity, said:

“We are thrilled to be opening our first centre in Clacton-on-Sea with backing from our partner Anglia Ruskin University.

“We look forward to working with local schools and community groups to support hundreds of young people in Clacton to achieve their aspirations in the years to come.”