I am the newly appointed HEPPSY+ (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus) Mentor here at Wickersley School. My role is to work together with students, Careers and local Universities to help broaden student’s outlook towards higher education, and help them make more of an informed decision by gaining an insight into the possibilities of University life.

By working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield & many colleges & schools in South Yorkshire, HEPPSY+ hopes to increase the number of young people progressing into higher education and achieving their highest potential. This is an exciting opportunity for students to get involved with different activities, educational trips, interactive workshops & more.

Here is the link to the HEPPSY website if you wish to find more information


We have had multiple visits from the HEPPSY+ big orange bus already this year. This bus is staffed by HEPPSY+ graduate interns who have recently graduated from University, and they have first-hand, recent experience of University life. They provide an insight and are able to answer questions, and provide subject specific, interactive activities for our students.


What we’ve experienced already!

Our Year 9 students have also had the opportunity to visit Sheffield Hallam University; they had a tour of the City campus, worked with current University students on a business related project that counted towards their dissertation and received valuable information through workshops about student finance.

Year 9 visit SHU
Visiting University Lecturer
Doncaster Royal Infirmary Visit

Our Year 10 students interested in the medical field had the opportunity to visit Doncaster Royal Infirmary. They had the chance to speak to multiple health care professionals and experiment with different equipment used in chosen health care professions.

Our Year 12 Science students were involved in activities during Science Week at Sheffield Hallam University. They worked with recent science graduates building planes, along with other hands-on activities involving Bioscience and Chemistry.

Some Year 10 & Year 9 students were also involved in programmes such as ‘Brilliant Club’ and ‘Spring Up’, which are based at Sheffield Hallam University. Over the course of four days, students had the opportunity to really experience what life would be like at University. They attended lectures, seminars, social events and they were given an assignment to complete by the end of the program, which was graded by either 2:2, 2:1 or 1st. Finally, after all their hard work, they had a graduation day in which they were presented with a certificate of their achievements.

Graduation Day
Graduation Day

What’s coming up?

We have another upcoming discovery day at The University of Sheffield for our Y9 students where they will get to tour the campus, and be involved in a carousel of hands on activities which will help them experience what University might be like for them.

There is also an upcoming visit to the RAF Centre in Leeming. The discovery day is designed to get students thinking of the possibilities of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maths) and/or RAF related careers. Students will get the chance to talk with members of the RAF, including engineers and logisticians, visit various sections including the gym, sports facilities and, if aircrafts are available in the hanger, they will have a tour around a hawk jet aircraft.

This is an exciting opportunity for our students to really get the most out of their education, so if you have any queries, or if you have any ideas about a particular area or career you or your child would like to experience, please send me an email: or complete a request form.