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22nd January 2019

Students from schools across the city gathered at the Engine Shed this month for the city’s first Steps to Success conference – ran by our very own English Literature teacher and AGP Coordinator Hetty Brown!

Students listen to speakers

Students listen to speakers

Steps to Success is a programme aimed specifically at gifted and talented students from across Bristol, who are in Year 12. The schools involved in the programme include those who are in disadvantaged areas, and students who may not otherwise have access to universities, local businesses, academic opportunities and apprenticeships. The aim of the event is to encourage students to stretch and challenge themselves and to show them how to balance their studies with their social lives and mental health.

The conference comprised of a variety of sessions, with speakers from tech, engineering and medical industries; all speakers working to inspire their listeners to achieve the ambitious grades they have been predicted.

Hetty Brown said “I was inspired to run the event in response to research that Bristol is a divided city: the students who thrive academically and go on to success in university or professions and those who do not. In my role as coordinator of more able students, I learned that if you put a determined focus on to those questions, you can make a huge different to outcomes for more able students that reflect more fairly on their potential.”