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The Seren Academy is a fully funded Welsh Government initiative dedicated to supporting Wales’ most able state educated learners achieve their full academic potential into leading universities and succeed on highly selective degree programmes.

It is a collaboration between the Welsh Government, schools, colleges, leading universities, Seren Graduates, local authorities and third sector organisations to provide extensive national and regional activities.

The Seren Academy is a fully funded programme available to years 8 to 13 learners from state schools and further education colleges across Wales, regardless of their economic background, personal situation, or location.

The Seren Academy now operates as one continuous programme supporting learners through three stages of progression. Across all stages, learners are provided with opportunities to further their super-curricular exploration and push the boundaries of their academic development and engagement.

Stage 01 (Years 8 to 9)

Supports learners to find their passion, make the right choices for themselves, introduce what their educational journey could look like and start practising super-curricular study.

Stage 02 (Years 10 to 11)

Provides opportunities for super-curricular activities and competitions, tasters into university life and guidance for the next step on their educational journey.

Stage 03 (Years 12 to 13)

Specific support for entry into leading universities with unique opportunities for learners to receive direct advice from university admissions tutors, on how to apply, develop competitive personal statements, prepare for admissions tests and how to approach interviews.

National programme

By providing extra-curricular study experiences and super-curricular enrichment activities that enhance and go beyond the curriculum, the Seren Academy supports the aspirations and ambitions of the most able learners, helping to widen their horizons, develop a passion for their chosen field of study, and reach their academic potential.

Working in collaboration with leading universities and education partners, support includes subject-specific masterclasses to stretch and challenge, workshops, tutorials, study guides, higher education advice and guidance, and mentoring.

If you would like to get in contact with The Seren Academy team, please email

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