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Stoke Damerel Community College


External Links

Here at Stoke Damerel we work closely with a number of external agencies to ensure you are able to access as many opportunities as possible:

Exeter University 

Exeter Scholars is a free programme giving students the opportunity to find out more about university, develop a passion for a chosen subject, and gain first-hand experience of student life at the University of Exeter.

The programme offers opportunities on many diverse pathways,from Law to Biosciences and supports participants through to the end of Year 13. All pathways include exciting face-to-face events, as well as continued support and online activities which scholars programme participants complete in their own time.

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Reading University 

The Reading Scholars programme is a free programme which  aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and provides practical support as participants begin their higher education application process. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate mentors, the programme will challenge participants academically and enhance current studies.The current Year 12 programme is offered in fourteen diverse subject strands including Pharmacy, Psychology and History.

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Enterprise Adviser

Richard Blackmoor is the Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Babcock in Plymouth. Richard has recently been appointed as a Stoke Damerel Community College Governor.

Richard is an ex-student who works closely with the senior leadership team and Careers and Employability Manager to support the development of a whole-school strategy for Careers, Enterprise and Employer Engagement.

Inspire 2 Involve 

Inspire2INVOLVE is a scheme delivered in partnership between Villiers Park Educational Trust and two University of Cambridge Colleges. The programme is targeted at students with high academic potential and it aims to raise your aspirations and academic success.  

Every year we select students with excellent potential to take part in the scheme and have had some great successes, with students in each of the past 2 years achieving the highest award of gold.

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Next Steps South West - Navigating journeys to Higher Education 

NSSW is a collaboration of 14 partner Universities and colleges across Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset, funded by the Office for Students. The aim of the project is to increase the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into Higher Education.

As the region’s Uni Connect programme, we help young people to navigate their own personal journey to HE.

We hold events and activities designed to inspire students aged 13 - 19 to fulfil their potential.

Examples of activities include:

  • Student life and budgeting

  • Choosing a University

  • Career Pilot post 16 skills map

  • Higher and Degree apprenticeships

  • HE Mock Interviews

  • Personal Statements

  • UCAS applications

  • Masterclasses

  • £40 travel card to attend interviews/open days/applicant days

Find out more about NSSW