Upward Bound Programme

Upward Bound students on a residential trip

Upward Bound is an education programme aimed to raise attainment and aspirations for young people attending Islington secondary schools.

The project is funded by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation and is run in partnership with Islington Council and London Metropolitan University.

The programme runs on Saturday mornings during term time at London Met. A team of specialist teachers, group leaders, student ambassadors and peer mentors work collectively to deliver an exciting alternative education programme that re-engages learners, builds confidence and motivates students to achieve. Students are supported over the two years of key stage 4 until they take their GCSE exams.

At Upward Bound a culture of achievement is embedded into the programme. In our 2013 results this expectation helped 91% of our pupils achieve grades A*-C in English, compared to the national average of 64%. In maths, 88% of the students received grades A*-C compared to 57% nationally. 

For more information about the programme contact Maxine Bunting-Thomas, Upward Bound project manager.