Welcome to High Performance Academy

If you have been identified by your school as gifted and talented - or have the potential to show us that you are - then it is likely that you will be selected for our High Performance Academy, known in schools as GATEway. We are an open access college and we pride ourselves on stretching, challenging and supporting every student. The High Performance Academy provides tailored, bespoke support for those students who are aspiring to achieve the highest grades in their A Levels.

To be eligible for the Academy, students need to have at least four GCSEs at A*-B and grades 9-6 in English and Maths.

I enjoyed the diverse range of subjects at Itchen, and the small size of the college gave it a friendlier and supportive atmosphere.
- Chloe Williams, former High Performance Academy student
100% Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) pass rate!

See us in action

Student success

Emily McKie

Emily McKie

Emily was a High Performance Academy student and studied Psychology, English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, gaining fantastic grades of A, B, B.

She also completed the Extended Project Qualification, for which she achieved the top mark of an A*. Speaking about her experience, Emily said, 'The EPQ was loads of fun, I wrote a musical.'

Emily is now at the University of Chichester where she is studying Musical Theatre and Arts Development. 

Key personnel

Bridget Jones - High Performance Academy Coordinator and Guidance and Support Manager

Bridget Jones

Bridget has been the coordinator of the programme for several years, and also coordinates the Extended Project Qualifications which students submit. Bridget also contributes towards the GATEway schools liaison project, in which Year 9 students get to study taster sessions at Itchen and go on a trip to a Russell Group university.