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The beginning of the academic year has kicked off in a different style to which we have been used to over the last two years. It’s been fantastic to interact with so many schools so early in the year and even more so to be delivering to your students and having meetings face to face!

We have delivered a large number of events already from large-scale projects with external providers to smaller-scale careers fairs and information evenings.

Thank you to all of the students who have participated in our Thorpe Park Enterprise Challenge Day over the last month or so. It has been a pleasure watching the students deliver their ideas and presentations and we were blown away by the standard of presentations on offer at the finals day on 31st October.

Congratulations to Alderwood’s team, Asylum on being the winning finals team, we hope your students enjoyed the day and their fast-track pass around the park!

We have re-launched one of our flagship programmes for this academic year, FOCUS, and thank all of the schools that have been involved in this, we are looking forward to working with you and your students throughout the first half of the academic year.

As always, we have rolled out our core offer (which can be found here) for this academic year and both our ‘Revision Workshops’ and ‘Apprenticeships Workshops’ have proved extremely popular. Check out the ‘Activity Feature’ for this month to gain a better understanding of what is on offer with regard to the Revision Workshops. Thank you to both Farnham Heath End and Fernhill School for engaging with those workshops in the early stages of the academic year.

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.
We are extremely excited to be delivering a follow-up session with students from our Foresight programme, this programme was a mentoring programme for students of black heritage, giving them an insight into what higher education can offer them. Our Senior HEON Officer, Nathan Simpson, will be working with a group of students that took part in the programme to offer them a follow-up session to see how they are progressing since their mentoring opportunity.

As well as the above our team will also be rolling out a number of workshops and activities from our core offer such as “Personal Statement Workshops”, “An Introduction to Higher Education” and “An Introduction to Sport in Higher Education”. All of these will be delivered to schools across the partnership.

We are also hosting one of our Strategic Outreach events which is called Creative Forces. This event invites students who are from military families to attend a day on campus and meet others with a similar background from other schools.

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



Each month we will be showcasing one activity from our brochure to give you a flavour of what HEON can offer to your schools and colleges. For the month of November, we’ll be taking a look at our ‘Revision Workshops’.

Our revision workshops are an extremely flexible delivery tool in that they can be delivered both online and face-to-face. We believe they are most impactful when delivered face- to-face as we can really delve into the nuances of revision.

Our partner officers take students through a number of revision techniques (mnemonics, index cards, chunking, etc.) and give them the power to understand which techniques work best to suit their specific needs. The workshop also looks at how to best plan your revision and performance in exams, mistakes to avoid and things to think about during the exam.

We are always willing to tailor sessions/workshops to suit the needs of you students, if you would like to discuss this opportunity please do not hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to get in touch with your allocated Partner Officer or Nathan Simpson directly to enquire about a revision workshop.


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.


Thank you for your help with this year’s HEON Student survey and we are really pleased to share the results with you. An impressive 1,082 students from 12 schools and colleges took part and the results demonstrate real impact of our activities. Click below to view more information and read the full report.


We have several opportunities available from our partner organisations. Take a look below to find out further details.

The opportunity available from FCoT, is:

Are your students considering FCOT as their next step on the education ladder? Click here or the image to book onto their next open evening. Students will be able to; explore the college campus and the great facilities FCOT have to offer, chat to their experienced lecturers about course options, speak to their accredited learner services team regarding fees, funding & support, and get to know what it’s like to be a student with FCOT. The next event is taking place on Wednesday 23rd November 2022.

The opportunity available from Royal Holloway, University of London is:

THE Launch OF the ‘Black Creatives Award’

As Black History Month comes to an end, RHUL are committed to continuing to spotlight and celebrate Black voices throughout the year, not just over the month of October.

With that in mind, RHUL is pleased to announce the launch of their latest project the ‘Black Creatives Award’ (BCA). The BCA is a creative competition for Black & Mixed Black heritage secondary school students. Students will create and submit original pieces of art, writing, photography, music & digital media relating to this year’s Black History Month theme: Time for Change – Action Not Words.

Submissions will centre young creatives perspectives on the change they want to see within the Black community, with a particular focus on actions that can be taken.

Submission information
Who can submit?

  • Black & Mixed Black heritage
  • Attending state funded secondary schools
  • The competition is split into two age group categories:
  • The KS3 category accepts submissions from Year 7, 8 & 9.
  • The KS4/5 category accepts submissions from Year 10, 11, 12 & 13. 

What can you submit?
Below is a summary of the different types of submissions students can make. The specific requirements for each can be found in the presentation under ‘Teacher Notes’ on the Royal Holloway website.

  • Art (sculpture, drawing, painting and more)
  • Digital Media (photography, digital art, and film)
  • Writing (essays, short stories, and poetry)
  • Music (song, instrumental and/ or music videos)

How to submit

  • KS3 entries should submit their work using this form.
  • KS4/5 entries should submit their work using this form.
  • RHUL would also like students to submit an artist’s note. This gives students an opportunity to explain the background and inspiration for their piece.
  • Your artist note should accompany your submission and be no more than 250 words. 

Deadline: 31st December 2022 11.59 pm.

February Awards Event

The BCA will culminate in an awards ceremony taking place on 13th February 2023 at the Caryl Churchill Theatre, Royal Holloway university. A panel of industry experts will select one winner and two runners-up for both the KS3 and KS4/5 entries.  Prizes will be given, and winners will then be invited to join the panel to discuss their creative submissions.

RHUL actively encourage students and their families to join us at this event.