Student Talent Spotting Team


The Student Talent Spotting Team

The Student Talent Spotting Team offer programmes of activity aimed at raising the aspirations and achievements of gifted and talented young people. Our two key schemes are the Thomas Transition Programme (TTP) for year 11 students and Reach for Excellence (RFE) for students in year 12 and 13. We are also a proud partner of the Excellence Hub – Yorkshire & Humber for students in Year 7-13.  Our Talent Spotting programmes are designed to enhance students’ current and future studies through subject taster sessions and study skills sessions. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend workshops and information sessions in careers, finance and UCAS amongst others. Our workshops give students invaluable impartial guidance and advice when making the difficult decisions regarding what to study, where to study, how to finance their studies and how to make a good UCAS application. Supporting young people who demonstrate the potential to access a selective university but who may not have considered entry to research intensive higher education is our fundamental aim. The Talent Spotting Team provides able young people with the practical knowledge and confidence to apply to research intensive universities such as The University of Leeds.

Reach for Excellence Applications 2017

Applications to the Reach for Excellence programme have now closed

Applications opened at 12pm, Monday 11th September 2017 and closed at 12pm, Friday 17th November 2017

We will NOT be accepting late applications

Applicants who have submit applications to the scheme can expect to find out if they have been successful in gaining a place mid December 2017. The Reach for Excellence Programme for successful applicants will then commence with our Induction Day on Saturday 27th January 2018.

The deadline for references is 12pm, Friday 24th November

*Please see below for important links*

Teachers' documents

The 2017/18 Reach for Excellence application guidance documents can be found below, it is essential that all teachers read these before submitting an reference. 
(for Teachers, Tutors and Careers Advisers who are supporting student applications)

Declaration of Household Income Form 2017/18

(for Parents of applicants who believe they meet the criterion of being from a household with a gross annual income of £25,000 or below)

Online Postcode Checker

(This online postcode search can be used to find out whether you meet the geographical requirement of “Living in an area with low levels of progression on to Higher Education”.)