Case study: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
St Mary’s are working with First Star Academies to develop a British model to offer transformational support helping young looked after children in the UK progress to university. The academy will recruit 30 looked after young people aged 14, and for four years students will spend a day a month and four weeks each summer on St Mary’s campus, supported by peer mentors drawn from St Mary’s students.
The programme will include:
- Academic support – to achieve good GCSE and A Level results and prepare them for HE
- Life skills – financial management, healthy living, risk reduction and confidence building
- Emotional resilience – including social engagement skills
- Support for foster parents – to improve foster placement stability.
The first cohort commenced activities in the summer of 2017.