Our Impact: 2022/2023

2022/2023 proved to be an exceptional year for Aimhigher London, the first full year of in-person delivery for all programmes to our learners and online for our parents. Despite strikes, changes in government policies and new priorities for the Office of Students, we not only created new programmes but carried out research and hosted a series of conferences for SEND, neurodiverse practitioners and learners.


Our flagship programme delivers sustained and progressive engagement opportunities for learners across the key stages with those who benefit most supporting their knowledge, awareness, resources and capital to progress.

31 events
1,201 learners

17% Key Stage 3

25% Key Stage 4

50% Key Stage 5

8% All Key Stages


7% Key Stage 3

7% Key Stage 4

73% Key Stage 5

13% All Key Stages



30% Events live streamed to learners


24% two or more events attended

12% Free School Meals / Pupil Premium

28% live in areas of low progression to HE (Polar 4 quintiles 1 & 2)

38% live in areas identified as high levels of deprivation (Indices of Multiple Deprivation quintiles 1 & 2)

56% Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority Groups

51% First in family to go to university

13% White working class

7% Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND self-declared)

1% Care experienced (self – declared)

43% Female

49% Male


Equitable access and participation for all young people, irrespective of background or lived experience. Data from UCAS 2022 shows an increase in the % of our learners applying to, being offered and accepting places at university.

58% applied to university   21% applied to member HEIs
97% received an offer 87% accepted a place at university


71% said they were better informed about their choices and education future

63% said their knowledge of HE had developed because of AHL programmes they attended

71% had increased confidence to navigate their journey into HE

62% had a better understanding of how their current education studies would lead to university

52% gained the skills to progress and succeed at university


Recognising the parents of our learners who play the key role as influencers, we engaged 62 parents through online and in-person events, collaborating with our partner schools and universities to ensure we bring impartial information when and when it is needed most.


Facilitated though our working groups, Looked after Children with the virtual schools and the Disability Working Group.

Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) Information Day

May 2023

The first event of its kind to be launched by AHL supporting young people in the care of the local authority seeking asylum

Get Ready for Success; wellbeing and disability support at university

April 2023

Learners with special educational needs, disability or neurodiversity – how to access and make the most of support universities offer

Retaining Compassion in Constrained Times – a CPD event for SENCOs

June 2023

For practitioners working with young people with special educational needs, disability or neurodiversity


30 carers, teachers, practitioners

30 KS5 students

14 teachers, parents


73 teachers, practitioners


Working with our funders, partners and members, to continue to understand the needs of our learners – supporting their future progression.

Knowledge Exchange Year 12 Engagement – report coming soon Consultation Attainment Raising for Uni Connect


AHLs network of partners would not be able to deliver the impact it does without the enthusiasm and commitment of individuals and whole institutions. Celebrating their achievements is a highlight of our year. See the full list of winners from the 2023 awards >

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