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Aspirational and Life Long Learning

Copley Academy is committed to ensuring that students develop a life long love of learning and are motivated to continuously be aspirational and ambitious in their goals and aims. Therefore, the Academy works with a range of partners to provide students with the opportunity to develop these attributes and increase their cultural capital.  Listed below are some of the partners the Academy has links to and an explanation of our partnership. 

University of Manchester Gateway Programme


The University of Manchester Gateways Programme allows learners in Years 7 to 11 to participate in a series of academic enrichment and higher education (HE) awareness activities.

It is targeted at talented local pupils who have the ability to progress into HE, and are from backgrounds that are currently under-represented. 

Manchester Gateways enables students to: 

·         find out more about University life;

·         explore our range of degree courses;

·         develop a range of skills that will aid success at GCSE and beyond. 

For more details see-


Also please visit to see examples of the activities that students complete. 


For 2020-21 the following year groups will participate on the programme- 

Year 8- Tuesday 1st December 

Year 9- Thursday 11th March 

Year 10- Thursday 8th October



Ashton Sixth Form College Raising Aspirations


An opportunity for Year 10 student to gain an insight into post-16 provision and equip them with the skills and confidence to make a successful transition to further education.  As a result students felt their study skills, note taking, and written work all improved as a result of their participation.


Students visit the campus to use the facilities and work with Ashton’s teaching staff that cumulates in an Award Evening to celebrate successes.






Greater Manchester Higher is a collaborative network.


The partnership is a part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, which will deliver a nationally coordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access higher education.


University and Me guide



Interested in Further and Higher Education? Want to know more about university life, skills and finances? If you are in Year 10 you have the opportunity to sign yourself up for a mentor through GM Manchester. Follow the link for more information.


The Small Peice Trust is a programme to encourage and stimulate high-ability 14-16 year olds to consider Engineering, Science and Technical Design as a career, through the study of Design and Technology.
They provide school-based activities for selected students and opportunities for university residentials.

Please read the following student testimony@


InvestIn was founded in 2012 with the intention of providing young people above the age of 15 with insights into different industries whilst providing the opportunity to develop soft skills and voluntary work that can be added to CVs, letters of application and discussed in interviews. These experiences help support students in making decisions about whether they want to pursue careers in particular professions. If you or your child would like to know more please visit their website- 

If your child would like to participate please get in touch with Miss Tidbury to see if you are eligible for a discount. 

Please read the following student testimony:



The Young Persons University of Manchester is a website for students and teachers. The site contains self-study challenged related to subjects at the university. Each challenge provides more information not only about subjects but also possible career options.


The regular blog highlights the research completed at the university and the involvement of young people in its study and wider university life. Information about other activities also feature on this page.



National Citizen Service


Designed especially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future. 


On NCS, you’ll mix with a new crowd, and take on fresh challenges together. Before you know it, you’ll be rooting for each other, as you all tackle your own little hurdles.


Along the way, you’ll also get a taste for independence and pick up skills that’ll help you smash it.

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