Why we exist

Social mobility is arguably the most important and challenging issue facing British society today. One impact of this is that too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a passion for technology are left with huge untapped potential. Many don't go on to study technology subjects at A level or university, and don't pursue it as a career option, despite it having the power to transform their career and their prospects. We are uniquely positioned to bring together schools, industry and third sector partners to deliver transformative change.

What we do

Altitude Foundation enables young people with untapped potential to pursue their passion for technology, get their first job, and inspire others to do the same. We provide the finances, social capital, opportunities and supportive relationships needed to prepare for and succeed in tertiary education.

Our programmes have been reviewed to respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on young people's education.

"The biggest benefit for me was visiting all the different events and learning more about a technological world I knew very little about" - Isabella, Altitude 1600 student

Altitude 1600 (Years 9-11)

There are two different streams of activity for Years 9-11:
- Code Co-Operative stream is a coding based club open to all students in Years 9, 10 & 11.
- The Code Project is for targeted eligible students who would benefit from extra support.

Find out how to apply here.

Altitude 1800 (Years 12 & 13)

There are two different streams of activity for Years 12-13:
- Future Steps Events will support students’ knowledge and understanding of the possibilities of tech and digital careers, and is open to all students in Years 12 & 13.
- Future Steps Mentoring is an additional stream for eligible students who want extra support in developing their understanding of career and education options in Digital.

Find out how to apply here.

2021-22 delivery

We have ensured that Altitude Foundation’s activities can be delivered in school or remotely, depending on school preference, or circumstances. As always, all of our activities are funded and come at no cost to schools or students participating.

"The most beneficial thing for me has been learning what different careers there are in the tech industry." - Taylor, Altitude 1800 student

Who we are

Colin Ferguson

General Manager

Colin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation as it is established and grows. Colin is passionate about education, social mobility and demonstrating evidence-driven impact. His professional background covers university outreach, strategic planning, business intelligence and school governance. Originally from Northern Ireland, he moved to the North East over fifteen years ago and hasn’t looked back! When he gets the time, Colin likes to run (a lot) and clean up after his two cats.

Megan Venn-Wycherley

Programme Manager

Megan coordinates the Foundation’s programmes. She is a keen advocate of computing education for young people, specifically encouraging the development of personal expression, identity and digital democracy through coding and physical computing. Previously in an academic research role, Megan's research explored how school-university partnerships can support the delivery of computing education. When she isn't in the office, Megan spends her time in a muddy field chasing after her horse.

Olivia Li

Programme Officer

Olivia facilitates the delivery of the Foundation’s programmes. She is dedicated to striving for equality, and is committed to giving young people the opportunity to explore their interests. Olivia recently graduated from Newcastle University after writing a thesis that explored barriers to education. In her free time, Olivia can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

Fergus Beckerleg

Programme Officer

Fergus facilitates the delivery of the Foundation's programmes.

Trustees

  • Michael Moran
  • Chris Ord
  • Gary Scott
  • Helen Scott

Work with us

Altitude Foundation works with targeted schools and colleges across the North East, from Northumberland to Middlesbrough. If you work at a North East school or college, get in touch to find out how the Foundation can work with your students.

Altitude Foundation also works with like-minded organisations in the digital & tech sectors and in the charity and voluntary sectors who share our vision of a world where talented young people are able to achieve successful careers, regardless of background. We believe that by working collaboratively, we can collectively maximise individual effort for the whole North East region.

If you believe that there may be an opportunity for Altitude to work with your organisation to further shared goals, please get in touch and let us know.

Get in touch

Altitude Foundation
6th Floor, The Lumen
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5BZ

enquiries@altitudefoundation.org

+44 191 345 4420