6th Jun 2017
Pictured: Claire Ungley (left) and Emma Maslin (middle) collecting the award from The Rt Hon. the Baroness Garden of Frugal.
DYKE House Sports and Technology College has been recognised nationally for its outstanding contribution in a specific area.
The Hartlepool secondary school and sixth form college has been hailed for its widening participation at the National Education Opportunities Network awards held at the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Dyke House was labelled an 'Outstanding School for Access' because of an initiative described as 'exemplary' in its outreach to students across year groups. It was also referred to as a 'beacon' for access in the North-East.
The Raising Aspirations Programme aims to provide information, opportunities and support for students, parents and staff across the Dyke House network with programmes running from Year 4 to 13.
This is through a series of internal and external programmes designed to educate and inspire young people towards higher education.
Emma Maslin, current Aspirations Coordinator at Dyke House, said: "We are really proud of the programme we have here at Dyke House and to receive an award like this is testimony to the work of all staff and pupils.
"Academic research demonstrates the importance of raising aspirations from the age of 9 so our work seeks to build on this to encourage our students to aspire to be the best they can be."
This award comes only a couple of months after Dyke House celebrated its first two students to receive an offer from Oxbridge universities: Tom Clennett and Will Addison.
Dyke House's Head of College Andrew Murphy said: "This award from NEON is testament to all of the hard work Emma and Claire Ungley (graduate mentor) have put into the Aspirations Programme.
"Our aim is to help students go onto Higher Education and the students' involvement in this programme is boosting their chances of receiving offers from top universities."