Upward Bound is a programme aimed at raising attainment and aspirations for young people in participating Islington secondary schools.
Supported and funded by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, it provides an alternative learning environment within a university setting – addressing the academic, social and cultural needs of the cohort.
Since 2006, Upward Bound has proved to be a valued supplementary educational intervention for Islington schools, supporting more than 1000 pupils through their GCSEs and beyond. The programme has been successful in raising the attainment of its pupils and continues to surpass national and borough results. The programme runs on Saturday mornings during term time for 29 weeks each year at London Metropolitan University. There's also a residential trip in the summer term. Students in year groups nine and 10 participate in the programme for two years, allowing them to feel a sense of community and, importantly, stability.
The programme is run as a partnership between The London Borough of Islington and London Met as lead delivery partner.
Please contact Maxine-Bunting Thomas for further information.
What is Upward Bound
Find out more about the Upward Bound programme from our Peer Mentors and programme leader Maxine. Hear about what happens during sessions and the support you can receive on the programme.
How will Upward Bound run this year?
In the first instance, face-to-face sessions will take place at our Holloway campus. We will be following a thorough risk assessment and adhering to Government and University guidelines, details of which will be communicated when we confirm your place in the club.
Should the current guidelines change, we are fully set up to run sessions via Google Classroom. We ran Upward Bound online in 2020/21 and it worked really successfully.
We will keep communication open with parents/guardians to update you on any developments or changes we make.
How to apply
Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now open for students from participating Islington schools. If you have been invited by your school to apply please complete our online application form.
Spaces are limited and the deadline for applications is Friday 19 November (we may still accept applications after this date). Following this, we'll be in touch with further information.
If you have any questions please contact Maxine by emailing email@example.com or call/leave a voicemail on 07826904417.
Key dates and times
- Sessions take place on Saturday mornings during term time between 10am and 2.30pm. Groups will be given their exact timings in advance.
- Students in KS4 will start on Saturday 9 October 2021.
- Students in KS3 will start on Saturday 8 January 2022.
- Since starting in 2006, Upward Bound has supported more than 1000 students
- 200 young people attend the programme each year
- In 2021, 80 per cent of students rated their Upward Bound experience as 'very positive'
- In 2021, 84 per cent of students achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in Maths and English from provisional teacher assessment data