Over the last two years, BSix College in Hackney has been expanding its award-winning programme which prepares Hackney students for university life.
Each student taking part in the 'Raising Aspirations' programme forms a unique relationship with a university where they receive tailored advice, guidance and a unique insight into the world of higher education.
This year has seen a 62% increase since 2010 of students applying to the top 24 universities.
These students found out their hard work paid off this morning.
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