HeppSY+ work in partnership with schools to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education

HeppSY+ is part of a national programme to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus.

HeppSY+ builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) involving Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.

De Warenne aim to work with young people from Y9-Y13 and offer them a wide range of activities including the following:

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant club is an academic programme, which works with Key Stage 3 students and includes the following aspects:

  • Students will have six tutorials with a PhD tutor and many of these researchers are lecturers to students at university level, so it is a unique opportunity for your child to experience university-style teaching.
  • Pupils visit two leading universities at the beginning and end of the programme.
  • At the end of the programme, students will complete a 2000 word assignment based on the tutorial topic learning.

STEM for Girls

The shortage of skilled workers and students in STEM is only half of the story. More alarming is the shortage of female skilled workers and students in STEM. This was one of reasons for inviting a group of female students to take part in a STEM for girls event day at The University of Sheffield.

Mobile Classroom

The mobile classroom is a double decker bus, enabling two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 students, with activities for students from Year 9-13. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes, and will be tailored to specific year groups.

University of Sheffield Visit

This group of students attended a visit to The University of Sheffield, at which they learnt about student life, courses on offer, finance and got to meet and speak to students from the university. We offer this visit throughout the year to students from Y9-Y13.


A fantastic, inspiring motivational speaker Moj Taylor from PUSH delivers a session each year to one select year group. This includes topics on student finance, myth busting, courses, accommodation and so much more. The memorising performance includes a comedy aspect which grips students from the very beginning and at the same time gets the objective across regarding higher education.

These activities are just a few examples of the wide variety that De Warenne offer. Others include UCAS and personal statement support, student finance talks and employer encounters as well as select universities being present to speak to at parent consultation evenings.