In 2015, we worked with 1,257 Year 12/S5 students from 142 local authorities, and over the last 7 years 53% of students supported by the SMF have gained places at Russell Group universities.

In order for your school to work with the SMF, all you’ll need to do is encourage students to apply, and write a reference to accompany their application.  All the work we do with students takes places during the holidays, or after school, and is completely free of charge.


Personal and Guidance Tutor, Charles Knight, works at Birkenhead Sixth Form College. He said:

“Working with the SMF has been incredibly beneficial for our students. Experiencing what the SMF has to offer gives the students focus and support in their chosen field, and the ambition to go on and achieve in their selected careers.”

Get your school involved

We have extended the deadline for applications. These are based on where students live. Please see below

  • London – deadline of 5pm 9th January 2017
  • West Midlands – deadline of 5pm 11th January 2017
  • Manchester – deadline of 5pm 13th January 2017
  • Scotland – deadline of 5pm 16th January 2017
  • Leeds and Liverpool – deadline of 5pm 16th January 2017
  • North East England – deadline of 5pm 17th January 2017
  • Wales, Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK – deadline of 5pm 18th January 2017

The eligibility form and teacher reference deadline is Friday 27th January 2017

To learn more about our programme, please click here. You can also receive regular newsletters about our work by following the ‘Sign Up’ link on the right.

Please refer to the links below for resources to inform teachers and students about our programme:

For all schools/colleges:
The SMF video – a video overview of our programme for students and teachers
Teacher Guidance Notes – guidance on our programme, eligibility criteria, and application process
Teacher Reference Guide – guidance for completing a teacher reference
To check our list of schools where 20% or more students are registered for FSM, please click here.
To check our list of schools which have a GCSE pass rate of 50% or lower please click here.

Eligibility Charts:
For students in Birmingham, GlasgowLeeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle
For students elsewhere in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

For students in BirminghamGlasgowLeeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle
For students elsewhere in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

Our Programmes

Wherever you are in the UK, find out which programmes you can apply for. Find out more

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