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Leaping the barriers in the Lothians

Pupils from the east of Scotland have also been getting a taste of the higher education life, with 160 completing an eight-week summer school previewing the university experience.

Young people from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife received certificates last Friday after a virtual first term as part of the Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (Leaps).

Ged Lerpiniere, the programme's director, says that of 1,000 students who have completed the course since 1996, some 85 per cent have gone on to higher education and 12.5 per cent to further education. If they underachieve in their exams, successful summer school reports will help them get into university.

The programme is aimed at families where there has been no tradition of going to university and at youngsters who are not fulfilling their potential at school.

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