Hamstead Hall Academy

Hamstead Hall Academy
Part of the Hamstead Hall Academy Trust Hamstead Hall Sixth Form

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"Success for All through Hard Work and Harmony"

Birmingham City University (BCU) is a local university, we pride ourselves on our links within the local community and the heart of everything that we do is about employability and the progressive of the local people of Birmingham. Our intention is to help young people to get the skills and qualifications they need to be successful and decide if University or an apprenticeship/work will be the best option for them.

Birmingham City University is in partnership with Hamstead Hall Academy to deliver a 5-year project called the BCU Forward RAISE programme. This is an exciting new programme which aims to increase learner attainment and encourage a positive approach to learning. This is achieved through intensive work with pupils. Across the five-year plan, engaged learners will have access to higher education workshops, subject specific activities and tailored mentoring for information, advice and guidance (IAG).

What does BCU Forward do?

BCU Forward will help young people to:

  • Do their best at school or college
  • Learn more about Higher Education and Careers
  • Improve their study skills, motivation and confidence
  • Explore different careers and decide the right pathway for them


We do this by delivering a range of activities including:
  • University Taster Days and Summer Schools
  • Masterclasses
  • Information and Advice Workshops for Young People and Parents/Guardians
  • Careers and Employer Events
  • Tutoring, Coaching and Study Support
  • Mentoring

The BCU Forward RAISE Programme is delivered by staff from universities and colleges, careers advisers, motivational speakers and employers. We also work with current BCU students and recent graduates, who we train as ambassadors or coachers to act as positive role models and mentors for young people. All staff working with BCU Forward are Criminal Records Bureau / DBS checked and trained in child protection.

For more information about the BCU Forward RAISE programme please visit our website:

BCU Forward 

Or you can email us directly: BCUForward@bcu.ac.uk

Keep updated with what we get up to at Hamstead Hall Academy by following our Twitter: @BCU_Forward