Our Parish University initiative has been running since 2015 and has become a key component of our Curriculum offer - perfectly supporting our 'Influencing Aspirations' Rainbow Promise. Since the programme began we have developed a strong relationship with the University of Liverpool and have hosted all graduation ceremonies at the prestigious University of Liverpool Management School.
In 2016, the then Secretary of State for Education - The Rt Hon Justine Greening - wrote the following about our university:
‘I loved reading about Parish University and I think that is a really fantastic project – the comments from your graduates really do speak for themselves. It is wonderful that children, who previously thought that going to university was not a path that was open to them, are imparted with such self-belief and determination to reach their potential. I want this to be a country which provides everyone with brilliant life chances, and I hope that more schools follow the inspirational example which you set.’
The project aims to show pupils some of the possibilities that are available to them later in life – one of these being access to University life. Participation in the Parish University spans over several years and links with professional businesses and universities. The course begins at a basic ‘Bachelor’ level and includes courses, projects, visits to universities and cultural events, as well as the development of social skills.
Children who graduate as 'Batchelors' are then offered the opportunity to study ‘Masters’ Degrees’ and then the chance to study for ‘doctorates’ and even become ‘professors.’
We hope that The Parish University offers our children the first step on the pathway to high academic achievement, attainment and the realisation of their ambitions in life.
If you are interested in your child taking part in The Parish University, please do attend our annual Parent's Information Session.