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Promoting Potential Programme (Year 8)

Applications for 2017 entry have now closed.

The Promoting Potential programme provides 50 places for boys from African-Caribbean backgrounds to learn about the range of subjects available to them at university.

The programme aims to stimulate interest in the social sciences as well as encourage excitement and debate, support formal and informal learning and reach new audiences not normally engaged with higher education.

The course is non-residential, runs from 10.00am to 3.30pm each day and there is no cost to the pupil. Lunch is available free of charge each day, all course materials are provided and travel costs are refunded.

The programme will take place on the following dates:

Promoting Potential Spring School: Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 April 2017
Top Up Day 1: Wednesday 30 August 2017
Top Up Day 2: Saturday 18 November 2017

Pupils have the opportunity to work closely with LSE’s African Caribbean Society, meet LSE academics and gain an insight into studying at university.  The programme consists of:

  • social sciences workshops and taster sessions
  • motivational workshops
  • opportunities to interact with LSE’s African-Caribbean undergraduates
  • an off-site workplace visit.


We are looking for African and Caribbean boys in year 8 who are attending a non-selective London state school, and who are expected to achieve at least 5 A*-B grades at GCSE.

Preference is given to applicants attending schools performing below the national average or with free school meals at 35% or above as defined in the DfE Performance Tables.

We will give priority to applicants who meet at least one of the following: 

  • Eligible or has been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years
  • Looked After Child

Or two of the following:

  • No parental experience of Higher Education
  • Parents/carers employed in low socio economic categories
  • Parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits
  • Live in an area of low participation to HE as defined by POLAR 3 Quintile 1
  • Have a disability
  • From an ethnic group which is under represented in Higher Education.

We review all applications in a holistic manner and whilst we prioritise students who meet the above criteria we will consider all the information contained in an application. We therefore encourage applicants to include any additional information in the application. Teachers are required to provide a reference as part of the application process and we requestthat this includes as much contextual information as possible to support us in our selection process.



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