Nominate students for a life-changing experience

Wednesday 23 Sep 2015

Nominations are now open for AQA Unlocking Potential 2015/16, a unique mentoring programme for young people who have faced personal challenges. The programme is run jointly by AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Nominations are open until Friday 30 October 2015.

Young people will be paired with inspiring mentors who have competed at world-class sporting events - including the Olympics and Paralympics - and have overcome their own significant personal challenges. The mentors will support the chosen students to deliver a community project over the course of eight months.

Now in its fifth year, AQA Unlocking Potential is once again looking to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and self-belief of a new group of young people, to achieve the best possible outcomes in their education.

Of the students who took part in AQA Unlocking Potential 2014/15:

  • 70% reported that the programme had helped them with their school work or engagement in school
  • 64% reported gaining higher grades since the start of the programme
  • The community projects they planned and led engaged a further 2,479 young people.

Andrew Hall, AQA's Chief Executive, said:

"AQA Unlocking Potential is really making a lasting difference in the lives of the students who take part. I've seen the journeys these young people have been on and the confidence they've gained to go on and do some incredible things in their lives so far."

"I'd urge teachers to have a think about which two students in their school, college or centre could benefit from some inspirational mentoring, and nominate them."

For more information and to nominate two of your students for AQA Unlocking Potential 2015/16, visit