The Access Project at Lister

My name is Raseda, I’m in Year 11 and I am the Student Ambassador for The Access Project at Lister. The Access Project offers free tutoring in one of your GCSE subjects and mentoring in school so you can learn more about attending university.

I am tutored in Maths for one hour every week by Emily, who works at Queen Mary University. We discuss the topics that i’ve been covering in Maths at school and work through exam questions together. It’s good to have this one on one time with someone who is experienced in Maths to give me extra support to understand what we’re doing at school.

My experience with The Access Project has not only taught me useful things for school but even basic life skills. I have learnt how to use public transport because I travel to tutorials on my own on the tube, and I’ve improved on my punctuality and organisation, which is are crucial skills you will need for your whole life.

For those of you who have no clue what you want to do, The Access Project will help you learn and explore the career paths you might have an interest in. There are trips every year to visit different universities and you also get one-to-one meetings with your University Access Officer in school to talk about your academic progress and your future.

I have enjoyed The Access Project very much, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone. It is a one of a kind opportunity that will be very useful for anyone with all kinds of different plans for when they leave school.


The Access Project is a fantastic opportunity available to Upper School students who are interested in going on to study at top universities.

All of the Access Project tutors are volunteers who work or study in London. They work in a variety of careers including law, finance and the media, and usually hold their weekly tutorials at their office. This means that students get to hear first-hand about their experiences of university and how they reached their high-flying professions.

The goal of The Access Project is for students to learn more about what it would be like to attend a top university; as well as gaining the skills, independence, and the grades to help them fulfil their ambitions.

Students can apply to join The Access Project at the end of Year 9. If they are chosen to take part, they remain on the programme until the end of Year 11.

For more information, speak to Ms Hathaway in the Careers Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sara Voisey

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