Sutton Trust Summer School
For S5/Year 12 pupils from underrepresented backgrounds who attend state schools across the UK. Every summer we offer a free residential week for 120 pupils aimed at providing a complete experience of student life at a Russell Group University.
The Sutton Trust work to raise aspirations of young people from low and middle-income backgrounds and to increase their chances of accessing top universities and the professions, by delivering programmes, evidence-based research, and influencing public policy. The Summer School is an aspiration and attainment-raising programme that provides school students who are about to apply to university with the opportunity to gain a complete, realistic and rewarding experience of student life.
The Sutton Trust Summer School is a fully funded (free) 1-week residential programme that takes place every summer on the University of Edinburgh campuses, as well as around the city. Eligible students can apply via a centralised registration form that includes a teacher reference but not a personal statement. Selected students sign up to two subject areas of interest to them and participate in academic-led lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Additional guidance sessions include admissions information, application support, funding guidance, and career pathway exploration. The Summer School also offers a full social programme to explore student life outside of academic sessions. Students are supported throughout the week by staff and current students.
120 pupils in S5 or Year 12 (or equivalent) who have always attended a state-funded school or college in the UK. Pupils are more likely to gain a place if they meet the following criteria: first generation in their family to attend university; achieved at least 5 A or B passes at National 5, or 5 A or 6 grades at GCSE; taking subjects relevant to the course applied for; have been eligible for free school meals at any time during secondary schooling; attend a school or college with a below average A-level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression to higher education; live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and/or high levels of socio-economic deprivation; receiving EMA. Priority is given to those who are estranged, refugees, young carers, and are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care.