Our Links with HeppSY

HeppSY is part of a national programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) / Office for Students to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire.

HeppSY builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) involving Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire Colleges of Further Education.

Our remit is to work with young people from Year 9 who live in 45 target wards designated by HEFCE.  The evidence shows that higher education participation of young people in these areas is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

Thrybergh Academy is working with HeppSY to provide our students with access to impartial information, advice and opportunities around higher education, student finance, student life and skills for learning.

Thrybergh Academy is host to a dedicated HeppSY Higher Education Engagement Assistant (HEEA) in school who is here to support:

  • school to enrich the curriculum and develop higher education progression activities
  • young people to explore, develop, build confidence and achieve
  • parents and the wider community to find out what opportunities are available


Our HeppSY HEEA in Thrybergh Academy is Aurora Broom.

Aurora graduated last year from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Molecular Biology, and has just finished a Masters degree at the University of Sheffield. She now works for the Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire.

Aurora is in school to provide impartial and up-to-date information and support to students, parents and school staff about all things relating to higher education.

Some of her work will include 1-1 mentoring, workshops and organising visits to higher education providers.

To find out more about the HeppSY programme please visit their website.

Information on how HeppSY uses our students' data is attached below

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