Widening Access Programmes


Widening Access work collaboratively with the School of Education to deliver activities across a select number of Primary Schools in our target areas.

Our events include:

  • The Primary Big Draw
  • The Big STEAM
  • The Joy of Reading

A programme of in-school workshops that supports aspirations through discussions around HE is also available to target primary schools.

The School of Education is also home to the Primary Science Quality Mark, a nationwide accreditation which raises the profile of science and children's science capital in 500+ primary schools across the UK each year. Visit the Primary Science Quality Mark website for more details.


Widening Access work with schools which have been identified as having low progression to Higher Education. Typically, these schools have high numbers of students receiving free school meals and whose families have no history of attending university. This page includes a full list of all the schools we currently support.

Our events include:

  • Pathfinder days
  • Summer schools
  • GCSE Booster workshops
  • In school talks/workshops
  • Student shadowing opportunities

Secondary schools we support

2020-21 Schools list and explanation (DOCX - 0.04 Mb)

Support for teachers, leaders and governing bodies

We also work closely with our target schools to promote CPD opportunities for teachers and school governors. The Universities Governors' Forum support staff by providing a network to share good practice and termly meetings to discuss their role. We also aim to help staff find volunteering placements as governors in local schools.

Aspire Higher

Aspire Higher is a partnership between the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Northampton. We deliver impartial outreach, information, advice and guidance to students who reside in specific postcode locations.

Aspire higher is one of 29 partnerships which are part of the Office for Students (OfS) OfS Uni Connect Programme. Find out more about OfS Uni Connect

For more information about Aspire Higher please email: aspirehigher@herts.ac.uk

To see information on all local outreach and collaborative activity taking place across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire visit the Aspire Higher Hub