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The Norwood School

The Access Project


Hello Year 9

We have an amazing opportunity for you to join The Access Project! If you're on The Access Project you get a free tutoring throughout years 10, 11, 12 and 13 in the subject of your choice. You also get an in school mentor to help you with everything from GCSE preparation, your university application, to revision, to individualised careers advice. You get access to exclusive work experience opportunities, specialist societies and, best of all, Access Project students are 4x more likely to get into a top university!

Want to find out more? Ask Josie, the Access Project representative at Norwood School, Ms Nicholas or your Heads of Year or Tutor.

You can apply via the online application form at here

The deadline for applying is Friday June 24th 5pm.

Good luck!

Oscar is off to Oxford to study Chemistry  - he was in our first ever cohort of Access Project students!

What is the Access project?

'We work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.'

Our programme at Norwood

What makes our programme unique is that it comprises both tutoring and mentoring. Rigorous measurement and data analysis show that it is the combination of these interventions that maximises our students’ likelihood of going to a top university.

Volunteer tutoring

Every year the programme matches over 1,000 volunteer tutors with a 14 to 18-year-old student from one of their partner schools to support those students to achieve their potential at GCSE or A-Level. In weekly tutorial sessions across the school year, tutors address the topics that students’ teachers think they need most help with.‚Äč The weekly sessions not only raise grades but improve a young person’s confidence and aspirations.

In-school mentoring

Mentoring support comes from a dedicated member of Access Project staff who is based in school - who works with the students on the programme. The University Access Officer provides expert advice from Year 10 to build students’ knowledge and understanding of universities and courses, and provides one-to-one support and advice on applications and interviews. We organise visits to top universities and we run a Law Society, a Medicine and Dentistry Society and an Oxbridge Society.

Josie Taylor is our UNIVERSITY ACCESS OFFICER. She is based in the Study Zone on Level 2 outside FO4 FO5 or sometimes can be found in the Sixth Form Study Hub on the ground floor.  


You can reach her on

For more information visit the website at

See flyer below for more details.