OSFC’s nomination focussed on the outstanding links with local secondary schools, which raises students’ aspirations for Further Education, and also OSFC’s links with local universities, especially the University of Manchester, which help students understand and prepare for the demands of Higher Education. The nomination also looked at the ways in which OSFC prepares the most able students for Higher Education, including the Varsity Programme Tutor Groups, the Oxbridge Group, and the Aspiring Medics and Aspiring Lawyers Programmes.
Richard Lee, Associate Director for Transition and Skills, said:
“Over a prolonged period of time, OSFC has dedicated itself to enhancing the life opportunities of young people in Oldham. We see no reason, despite challenging economic circumstances, why students from Oldham cannot achieve outcomes that will allow them to progress, firstly, to university and, secondly, to the very best universities. We are passionate in our desire to equip them with the skills they need to succeed and to embrace the huge challenge of closing the attainment gap. Our enthusiasm for facilitating social mobility is undiminished and, despite record results and progression in 2016, we are committed to finding even more ways to help Oldham students raise, and meet, their aspirations for a better life for themselves and their community.”