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Insight+ works with schools across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Norfolk and Insight+ students must attend one of the participating schools. If you are a school interested in taking part in the Insight programme see Insight for Schools for more information.

What is Insight+?

Insight+ aims to help sixth form students in Cambridgeshire to make competitive applications to selective Higher Education Institutions. 

Students receive additional subject specific tutoring across five subject strands (English, Physics, Maths, Chemistry and History), delivered by our partner organisation MyTutor. 

In addition, students receive information and guidance about applying to selective higher education institutions and will benefit from a mentor who is a current University student. 

Subject to coronavirus restrictions, students will also be invited to attend two residential events in Cambridge, one in August and one in April, to support them with their applications to University and study skills as they approach key milestones in their sixth form studies.

The programme will run from April 2021 – April 2022.

How do I apply?

Applications for Insight+ 2021/2022 have now closed​.

In order to apply, students should be on track to achieve a B in their chosen subject strands. Applications will be verified by teachers.

If you would like to be informed once applications open for Year 12 students in 2022, please leave your details through this form.

Selection criteria

The University of Cambridge is committed to widening participation to higher education. As part of this work, we would like to work with and support students who may have experienced either educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education. First priority on this programme will therefore be given to applicants according to the following criteria (in order of importance):

  • Students who are in care or care-experienced
  • Students who have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years
  • Students who belong to an under-represented ethnic group:
    • Black African or Black Caribbean
    • Pakistani or Bangladeshi
    • Roma, Gypsy or Traveller
  • Students who have experienced disruption in their education such as:
    • Medical/health issues (including mental health), particularly those that have resulted in long or extended periods of absence (over eight weeks) from school in the last six years
    • Bereavement of a close family member (eg parent/carer) in the last six years
    • Being a young carer
    • Becoming a parent
    • Being an asylum seeker or refugee
    • Becoming estranged from close family members (eg parents/carers)
    • Moving schools more than once in the last six years
    • Other disruption (to be specified)
  • Students who are resident in areas with relatively low participation in higher education (using POLAR4) or in areas with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics (using IMD).
  • Students who currently attend or have attended an Insight school (see list below)

List of eligible Insight schools

  • Athena Sixth Form College
  • KES Academy
  • Springwood High School
  • Thomas Deacon Academy
  • Nene Park Academy
  • Queen Katharine’s Academy
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College
  • Ken Stimpson Community School
  • Long Road Sixth Form College
  • Thomas Clarkson Academy
  • St John Fisher Catholic High School
  • Jack Hunt School
  • Ely College
  • Stanground Academy
  • Smithdon High School
  • Terrington St Clement Community School
  • Marshland High School
  • Chesterton Community College
  • North Cambridge Academy

Contact Us

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Insight+ Team
Cambridge Admissions Office
T 01223 768676