First Star St Marys

Launched in 2017 – our pilot cohort has graduated and 50% were awarded places in higher education 

St Mary's Team

Nick Turk

Programme Director

Has led the St Mary’s programme since it started in 2017.

Randa Turqui

Assistant Director

Randa is currently completing her Master’s in Education with a focus on Looked After Children

Campus Model

After completing a First Star programme: 50% progressing to HE 45% in training or employment


Years 1 and 2 see the cohort on campus for 4 weeks during each summer then in years

A-Level Prep

Years 3 and 4 see the cohort on campus for 3 weeks during the summer.


6 monthly hours of on campus learning and activities, 1-1 sessions & group sessions that follow the VESPA model. 

Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude

All resources are included such as free laptop & bag all we need is a commitment to ensure that the young person can complete the programme. 

Applications Closed