School Students

New College's Step Up programme is designed to inspire and support state school students throughout Year 11, 12 and 13. It will attempt to ensure that these students, of high academic potential, recognise Oxford as a realistic and achievable option for them in the future, and are fully equipped and effectively supported to make a competitive application. 

Over 7 steps, either at their school or at New College, we familiarise them with what being an Oxford student is really like and support them to build a competitive application to top universities, whether that ends up being to the University of Oxford or not. 

Step Up  launched in the academic year 2017/18, working with students in 10 schools.

Our Partner Schools

Due to the programme's positive reception and New College's continuing commitment to widening Access, we have expanded Step Up significantly for 2018/19.

All of our 21 partner schools for this year are listed below: 

Joined in 2017/18:

  • Cheney School - Oxford
  • Gloucester High School for Girls - Gloucester
  • Lord Williams' School - Thame
  • Newham Collegiate Sixth Form - London
  • Peter Symonds College - Winchester
  • Queen Mary's Grammar School - Walsall
  • St Angela's School - London
  • Thomas Hardye School - Dorchester
  • Westwood College - Leek
  • Wren Academy - London

Joined 2018/19

  • Aldridge School - Walsall
  • Bilborough College - Nottingham
  • Calderstones School - Liverpool
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School - Hove
  • Clapton Girls' Academy - London
  • Haberdashers' Askes' Hatcham College - London
  • Nelson & Colne College - Burnley
  • Oaklands School - London
  • Oxford Spires Academy - Oxford
  • Thorp Academy - Tyne & Wear
  • Treorchy Comprehensive School - Rhondda, Wales
Get In Touch

If you would like to hear more about the programme, please contact a member of our Outreach team: 


Head of Outreach, Daniel Powell

Daniel PowellHead of Outreach -


Misha Brazier Tope

Misha Brazier TopeOutreach and Communications Officer -

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