Young people from low income homes in the North who are the highest achievers at school face significant challenges during the transition from primary to secondary school.

As many secondary schools are faced with limited resources and pressure to achieve results at GCSE, they can struggle to have the capacity to cater to and stretch the abilities of high attaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds. From the start of secondary school, less advantaged students are not sufficiently challenged and become used to performing at a lower level than they are capable of. This continues throughout their time at school, and studies show that these students often do not go on to achieve a single A or A* grade at GCSE.

Our Flying High fund supports projects which improve the quality of collaboration and information sharing between primary and secondary schools. The fund aims to support primary and secondary schools to understand the needs of high-attaining children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to find ways to continue to stretch and challenge these students.

Submit your idea for Flying High funding

Before you let us know about your idea for a Flying High project, please read our Application Guidelines, our FAQs, and take a look at examples of projects which have won funding in previous years.

If you have an idea which you think may meet our funding criteria, please use the below enquiry form to submit a basic outline detailing the following points, in no more than 3-4 paragraphs:

  • An overview of the project and its aims, specifically related to academic attainment in maths, literacy or science;
  • How it would meet SHINE’s core priorities;
  • The number of beneficiaries and schools it would reach; and
  • The overall project budget and size of request to SHINE.