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The Access Project

The Access Project is an educational charity working in schools since 2008 to provide free one to one tuition and university support to students in years 10-13. The Access Project has a track record of supporting state school students win places at selective universities. Hornsey School for Girls began working with The Access Project in September 2013 and it is fully embedded within our Ks5 curriculum.

Students qualify for the programme through teacher recommendation and successful completion of an application form and interview. Students can apply to have tutorials in a 'facilitating' subject (English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History & Geography.)

This academic year 80 students across years 10-13 will attend weekly tutorials at institutions including: The Key, The Welcome Trust, AKT II, and UCL. All of the tutors are university graduates, DBS checked and trained in child protection and tutoring pedagogy.

Students have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of university applications through 1:1 meetings with The Access Project coordinator, assemblies, small group workshops, and university trips.

Last academic year 10 year 13 students on the programme won places to study at universities including UCL, SOAS and Queen Mary.  We are delighted that Matilda, one of our students on the programme last year, won a place at Oxford University to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics.    

The Access Project has opened up a wealth of opportunities for our students, both in and out of school, that have made such a difference to aspirations and achievement from Years 10 to 13.

Ms. Kothari

Francesca Slusarczyk  coordinates The Access Project at Hornsey School for Girls, and is based at school, in the JCR office, Monday - Thursday.

The Access Project Website


Case Study - Shifa Year 13 Alumni Student

Shifa is tutored by Nina at RLM Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications and a trusted adviser to many of the world's most successful companies, institutions and organisations

When Shifa heard about the Access Project at the beginning of her AS levels, she thought it was an opportunity that was too good to miss. She was thrilled when she was told she would have one to one tuition.

Shifa chose to have tuition in Geography: the subject she felt she could improve on the most.

Shifa and her tutor have been meeting weekly since January 2014 and plan to work together until Shifa finishes her A-levels this year. As well as working on concepts and theories, Shifa’s tutor has supported her with planning essays, something Shifa identified she needed to improve on to score the highest marks. 

Shifa now feels much more confident in structuring her Geography essays: 

The tutorials have been invaluable to me; there was a ‘Eureka’ moment when everything just clicked!’’

Shifa attended university trips to UCL and UEA through The Access Project. The visits inspired her to apply to a top university:

The trips were amazing: I felt I left with an understanding of what university entails, and the grades I need to score to get in! I would encourage all students at my school to fully embrace opportunities offered by The Access Project’’

Nina enjoys tutoring through The Access Project:

Tutoring Shifa makes my week. She is an enthusiastic and quick learner, and I have enjoyed watching her progress steadily through the Geography syllabus.”

Shifa has been offered a conditional place to study Anthropology at Durham.