Carmel College, Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 3AG

01744 452200

High Achievers

The Aims of the High Achievers' Programme

At Carmel we are keen that all of our students reach their full potential. Our High Achievers' Programme is designed to ensure that our most able learners are given the encouragement and assistance they need to achieve success.

Delivered by the High Achievers' Co-ordinators, who are specialists in their areas, the Programme offers activities, events and support throughout your time at Carmel. These activities provide you with the best possible preparation for applying to Oxbridge and other prestigious institutions, as well as for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other highly competitive degree courses.

What is a 'high achieving' student?

The High Achievers' Programme

Students following the High Achievers' Programme will receive support through:
• Talks, workshops and events
• Visits to Oxford & Cambridge universities
• Help with university applications
• A monthly newsletter
• Admission test preparation and mock interviews
• Careers / UCAS advice and presentations
• The chance to experience university life on the Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme
• Enrichment activities and societies to develop skills and support applications to prestigious institutions
• The opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification

Enrichment Opportunities

There are also numerous opportunities for students to sign up for enrichment activities and societies within college which support students in their applications to prestigious institutions. Here are but a few...

What our students say...

"Being involved with the High Achievers' Programme was an amazing way of making sure I chose the right course. Right from the start of my two years, the staff helped me to target and prepare for my application to Oxbridge and other top universities and, when the time came to apply to Cambridge itself, the support from my High Achievers Coordinator really was invaluable, from helping to draft a personal statement to interview practices. As well as this, I was able to take advantage of the Critical Thinking course at Carmel, which helped tremendously with the LNAT as well as my interviews and Cambridge Law Test. Also, the enrichment True Adventure trip to Tanzania in the summer after my A-Levels enhanced my application, and I'd recommend everyone to try and get involved with something similar!" Daniel Thorpe, reading Law at Downing College, Cambridge

For more information contact Nicola Newton, Head of High Achievers at

Download High Achievers' brochure