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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' team, consisting of 8 coordinators who are specialists in their areas, the Programme offers activities, events and support throughout their time at Carmel. These activities provide students 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

All of our high achieving students are automatically enrolled onto our High Achievers' Programme. We offer 8 separate Programmes each Co-ordinated by staff who are specialists in those areas:

As well as subject specific activities throughout the year, students enrolled on the HA Programme will also benefit from:

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 Gifted & Talented at

To see this year's Oxbridge successes click here

Download Gifted & Talented brochure

You can download subject specific Gifted & Talented leaflets from our Downloads page.