The XL Academy is designed to ensure that our most able learners are given the support and encouragement to achieve success. As an XL student, you will be pushed to reach your full potential. 

The XL Academy is for high-achieving students. Once you enrol at Ashton Sixth Form College, students who meet the XL entry requirements will join an XL tutor group. This tutor group will provide you with an extensive range of support and opportunities. Through a range of activities, events and your dedicated tutor, you will be best prepared to apply to some of the most competitive and prestigious universities and higher apprenticeships.

Those students who want to progress on to Oxford, Cambridge and other highly regarded Russell Group Institutions do extremely well on the XL programme. 

Students part of The Academy benefit from:

  • Specialist advice and guidance at enrolment
  • Dedicated tutor groups
  • A bespoke tutor programme
  • Exclusive range of enrichment/preparation activities
  • Admissions tests preparation 
  • Mock interviews
  • Mock Oxbridge interviews with tutors from Oxford and Cambridge
  • Careers and UCAS advice
  • Oxford & Cambridge summer schools
  • Summer school applications guidance (Oxford) and Sutton Trust (Cambridge)
  • Residential course at Villiers Park Educational Trust, Cambridge
  • Gifted and Talented Conference
  • Medlink Conference for Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary, Science, Chemistry and Physiotherapy
  • XL Summer School
  • Opportunities to gain placements (including hospitals)

XL Alumni

Vincent Allott

Vincent Allott

A*A*A*A*A in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics
Medicine at Oxford University
Shania Chauhan

Shania Chauhan

A*A*AA in Chemistry, Maths, Physics and the EPQ
The University of Leeds to study Chemical Engineering
Ben Speakman

Ben Speakman

A*A*A in Geography, Business and Economics
The University of Cambridge to study Geography
Jemma Begun

Jemma Begun

AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Maths
Medicine at the University of Manchester
Olivia Papps

Olivia Papps

A*AAB in English Literature, History, Business and the EPQ
History and Sociology at Sheffield University
Gabriel Connaghan

Gabriel Connaghan

A*A*A*A* in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics
Physics at the University of Oxford
Harin Vyas

Harin Vyas

A*A*A*A in Computer Science, History, Maths and the EPQ
Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the London School of Economics
Ciara Blackhurst

Ciara Blackhurst

A*A*AA in Biology, Geography, Chemistry and the EPQ
Medicine at Liverpool University

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