Although LEAPS staff come into schools to see students from S3 (for Group 1+ schools), from S4 (for Group 1 schools), and from S5 (for Group 2 schools), there is no formal registration process for LEAPS until pupils are in S6. Students will be invited to attend events as directed by their school or sign up for them individually.
When pupils are in S6, a LEAPS member of staff will come into school to conduct an interview with students who might be LEAPS eligible. At this interview, LEAPS eligibility is confirmed and your young person will then be formally registered. Thereafter guidance teachers make universities aware of this via each pupil’s individual UCAS application form. It is vital that LEAPS eligibility is confirmed at this point so that it can be highlighted to universities at the point of application. The deadline for LEAPS interviews, and confirming LEAPS eligibility, falls around the end of November each year. The date is communicated to schools in advance.
The LEAPS interview is arranged via school guidance teachers following a LEAPS talk given in school to S6 pupils, which outlines LEAPS eligibility criteria and the support offered by LEAPS. If your young person is unsure if they will be receiving an interview, they should speak to their guidance teacher in the first instance. If they are unsure who their guidance teacher is, they are welcome to contact the LEAPS office directly.