Supported by


and Plashet School, St Angela's Ursuline School and Sarah Bonnell School.


Emerging Scholars (ESIP) is a three year Saturday school programme for bright, disadvantaged, 12 to 15 year old girls, helping them develop into enterprising, confident, resilient young women to address inequality in business and society.



The ESIP Forest programme ended on Saturday 5th July 2014. For further information on ESIP please contact Dr Simon Davey at 

ESIP - read about our Education Innovation (Pearson Think Tank)

Our vision is "a multicultural community of resilient high achievers making positive change"

We tackle our students’ three big issues:

  • lack of ability particularly in communication and problem solving (key skills required for success in higher education and challenging careers)
  • lack of belief in their own ability and potential (low aspiration and/or a fixed mindset)
  • lack of resilience and confidence to deal with challenge (they give up quickly)

We help develop... the Ability to do something, the Belief you can do it, the Character to get it done.

“Thanks to ESIP I have overcome so many hurdles and I have learned to aim high and not be afraid. I used to feel like I was in a truck that was out of control going downhill but now I feel like I am on a smooth road to success.” (Year 9 student)

The programme ran for ten Saturdays each year at Forest School in Snaresbrook with university awaydays. Successful applicants are offered a place for two years (Years 8 and 9) with a further application process to enter Year Ten.

The programme started on Saturday 1st October 2011 and on Saturday 23rd October 2013 we took on a third year group and expanded to 75 students. The pilot programmed ended on 5th July 2014. For more information, please contact

"Help us change things - one girl at a time."

You can find session reports, photos and video at A Day in the Life.

See our sessions in video on our YouTube channel.

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You can find news about the programme at News and Updates.

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