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january 2023 NEWSLETTER


Even with Christmas being at the fore front of a lot of the schools and colleges minds we were able to deliver some very developmental and progressive activity to a number of students throughout the month of December.

We saw our ‘Attainment Raising’ pilot programme kick off with Collingwood College, fingers crossed we will be able to reveal more on this later on in the year in preparation for next academic year.

Delivery of ‘Apprenticeship’ and ‘Wellbeing & Resilience’ workshops at The Wavell took place with their Year 11 students.

We continued to deliver one of our flagship programmes, FOCUS, to all three of our participating schools; Alderwood Senior School, Cove School & Christs College. We welcomed all three schools onto campus at Farnborough College of Technology, where we delivered a staggered timetable consisting of a ‘College Application Workshop’, a campus tour, and a fantastic motivational talk from Kamal Ellis-Hyman from ‘Aim A Little Higher’.

Alongside the visit, we also delivered separate modules to Christs College and Cove School students as part of the FOCUS programme. These modules focused on ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘Employability’ respectively.

We also continued to deliver catch up sessions with students taking part in our ‘Foresight’ programme at Fernhill School, which aims to raise aspirations of students from a black background.

If you would like to discuss any of the activities above then please feel free to get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson directly.


Each month we’ll be looking at what’s upcoming over the next month or so, this will give you a flavour of what your school can access throughout the academic year.

February sees the conclusion of the FOCUS programme for all three of our participating schools. We look forward to tying these up and continuing to work with any students that may need additional support as we move closer to their exams.

We will also be delivering a number of taster days based out of the University of Surrey and University for the Creative Arts for both The Beacon School and Alderwood Senior School. Students will gain an insight into life in HE/FE and be given tours of the campus as well.

The Spring residential and Summer School will also be heavily at the forefront of our promotion and planning. Applications are now open and we will be continuing to push this to our schools. Spring residential applications close on January 31st.

If you would like to book any activity in preparation for the Spring/Summer term please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to working with you in the near future!


introduction to higher education

Every month HEON will be highlighting one activity from our brochure. This will give you an insight into what we can offer your students. This month we will be taking a look at our ‘Introduction to Higher Education’ workshop.

This workshop will give students the opportunity to gain an insight into different HE options as well as pathways to get there. Students will also learn about life within HE and what to expect while studying.

This session can be delivered both face to face and online. Face to face sessions cater to a maximum of 30 students, online can cater to an unlimited number. Session lasts up to one hour and typically suits the needs of Year 10 – 13 students.

If you would like to discuss any of the activities above then please feel free to get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson directly.


summer school 2023

The Discover Summer School will run from Monday 24th July – Thursday 27th July 2023 which includes a three-night stay in student accommodation at the University of Surrey. During the week you will take part in a variety of interactive subject taster workshops and information sessions designed to showcase all Higher Education options.

These will be delivered by HEON and University of Surrey staff, as well as by the local Universities, Colleges and other partners that make up the HEON partnership across Surrey and North East Hampshire. For further information please click here.

spring university – years 10 & 11

Across 3 days you’ll explore the different higher education options available to you, enjoy a range of activities, including subject taster sessions, meet current university students, and take part in social activities.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31st 2023Click here for application & further info.

You’ll stay in our accommodation and experience life as a university student. Click the below image:

open days 2023


Farnborough College of Technology are hosting their final school leavers open events of the academic year on Wednesday 8th February (Farnborough Campus) Thursday 9th February (Aldershot Campus) 4pm – 7.30pm. There is an application area available so you can also apply on the night if you still need to apply for a college place. Please book online at   

The University Centre is also holding their open event on the same evening on Wednesday 8th February so you can come and take a look at the fast-track degree (2 year degrees) and the new masters programmes we will be offering from 2023! Please book online at  

Please see below for some of our additional partners open days:



Activate Learning:

Guildford College: Wednesday 1 February (16:30-19:30) 

Merrist Wood College: Wednesday 22 February (16:30-19:30) 

Farnham College: Wednesday 8 February (16:30-19:30) 

Please contact if you have any questions.

spring saturday clubs – uca

UCA’s Saturday Clubs are led by experienced creative practitioners which will give you a chance to develop a portfolio of work. The programmes equip you with new skills to help build your confidence, the ability to express your ideas and hone your creative practice.

All UCA Saturday clubs are free to participate in and materials are provided to anyone allocated a place. If you are taking part, you must be living in the UK for the duration of the course.

The deadline for all applications is Sunday 5th February, 2023.

apprenticeship advert – apprentice chemistry technician

The University of Surrey are recruiting for an Apprentice Chemistry Laboratory Technician to join their organisation. The apprenticeship will be working within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey. You will be supporting their academic and research staff with a range of laboratory duties, general administrative tasks, and scientific research.

For further information please click here.


Welcome to HEON’s updated brochure for academic year 22-23. This year we will be looking to work closely with you as a school/college. If there is anything in the brochure that you would like to offer to your students, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are extremely keen as always to ensure that we do our utmost to cater to your needs and if there is something that you would like to discuss that would be bespoke to your students or you have had delivered in the past then please also get in touch with your partner officer or Nathan Simpson.