Allie Crewe’s presentation at House of Lords (LEAP)

My name is Allie Crewe, I am passionate about horses! Some of you may ride, or own a horse. None of the students who took part in this project had ever touched a horse.

I have 3 key messages.

1. Half my students live in poverty.   Xaverian is officially an outstanding college in inner city Manchester. We have over 2000 students. Manchester has high levels of unemployment and low income. At least 50% of children grow up in poverty. Manchester and Tower Hamlet are joint first. A dubious win! 54% of our students come from a home that is economically deprived with 14% scoring the highest disadvantage rating. 61% of students are white, 39% minority background with 95% are studying A levels.

2. Challenging low expectations using a horse!   People who are from such backgrounds often feel that AIMING HIGH and LEADING is beyond their reach and we try to challenge this. I worked with HH this year to change the way my students think! Did it work? This is Charlotte’s story. She is gifted and talented but economically deprived……

Right, you pretty much know my life story. I failed my AS exams first time, dropped out of Sixth Form with depression, when I got to Xaverian I did my AS exams again.

Eventually I got quite decent grades and set off to do my A2 exams but I was tired and felt stupid and really felt I was going nowhere, I was full of self-doubt. I was scared to apply to University because of the debt so I decided to do an apprenticeship with a degree combined. Everyone rejected my applications.

Since doing two of those sessions with HorseHeard I have really seen myself approach everything differently. When I went for my interview for AstraZeneca I really handled myself with pride and I envisioned it like I was leading the horse, I didn’t have time to stop and think about ‘what ifs’ because then they wouldn’t believe I was sure about what I was doing. It was really interesting because I used the grace and power stuff a lot during the day and I was able to bring out who I am. After that (even before they accepted me) I was so much happier and more confident knowing that I can change my state just like that. I can’t tell you how amazed/happy I am, I’m training in my dream job. It was only two and a half months ago that I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself. I don’t think I would be here if you hadn’t decided choose me to do the programme, so I owe a big thank you to you and everyone at HorseHeard.

You better brag as much as you can about this course!

3. It was an amazing investment of my time and skills. Who else would like to invest in Charlotte?


Click here to watch video of Charlotte and her fellow students taking the LEAP.

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