This is a unique three-year project involving 12 Bedfordshire Secondary Schools, Wadham College Oxford, Pembroke College Cambridge, Cranfield University and the Universities of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.


The Raising Aspirations Project aims to increase the number of high attaining students gaining access to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. Furthermore, it aims to raise aspirations for students in our Sixth Forms applying for University and Degree Apprenticeships.

The Connolly Foundation is funding the £258,000 project over the initial three years.


The following schools are taking part in the project:

Bedford Academy

Bedford Sixth Form

Biddenham International School and Sports College

Cedars Upper School

Harlington Upper School

Kimberley College

Mark Rutherford Academy

Queensbury Upper School

Redborne Upper School

Samuel Whitbread Academy

Sandy Academy

Sharnbrook Academy

Stratton Academy

Vandyke Upper School