A number of Darton Academy students in years 9, 10 and 11 are involved in the HeppSY (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire) initiative which is part of a national programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The initiative is designed to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. The students take part in supported sessions which aim to enable them to find out about more about Higher Education progression routes, once they have completed their post-16 studies. Many of these students may not have parents who have attended or experienced university and is designed to encourage the students, who have the potential, to consider HE as an option at 18. As part of the process students work with advisors from local universities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam as well as undertaking visits to these universities in order have a full day’s experience of university life.