At Endeavour Academy, our aim is to help our students succeed through the time they spend with us, and the exciting and amazing things they go on to afterwards.

With the right support, time and effort from our staff, peers and parents, so many of our former students have gone on to absolutely blow us away with the things they can achieve.

This page celebrates our Student Destinations and their Success Stories too.

Bethany – Former Endeavour Academy Pupil (Class of 2019)

After moving on from Endeavour, Bethany is now thriving at university. Here, she tells her story:

Where I Started

Before moving to Endeavour, I was enrolled in a mainstream school in Hull (one I had transferred to in Year 8 after being bullied in a previous school). I struggled significantly with anxiety which was triggered further by family bereavement and prevented me attending school. On a ‘good day’ I would go to school and turn around to go back home before making it into the school gates as I just couldn’t face it. I began to feel that life was pointless and no longer wanted to leave the house, combining this outlook with a lack of support from the school led to me being labelled as a ‘nonattender and school refuser’. After some more family issues I moved up to Blackhall and my mum applied for a place in school for me there as she felt it was important I try again with my education as I was going into year 11 and would soon be at the GCSE stage. I was offered a place at Dene Academy but my lack of attendance and struggles in mainstream were addressed on my initial visit to Dene, this is when I was referred to Endeavour which was really good of them.

Where I Got To

I am now in my final year of studying ‘Working with Children, Young People and Families’ at the University of Hull. Alongside this I am also employed as a support worker in a residential home for adults with mental health problems.

As part of my second year of studies I returned to Endeavour to complete a work placement, this experience solidified that I would like to be a supporting figure and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

My mindset is now completely different in comparison to before Endeavour and I am determined to pursue a career supporting vulnerable individuals to recognise their worth and overcome the struggles they face.

How I’ve Gotten Here

While attending Endeavour I took every opportunity I could to speak to staff and share my feelings, each time I spoke openly about things I had previously held in and wouldn’t share I felt relieved and soon realised that it was okay to admit that I wasn’t okay and was struggling. As well as speaking to Endeavour staff, I also had weekly counselling sessions which I continued through my time studying Health and Social Care at EDC – these sessions made me realise that worrying about things I cannot control would mean I would never be truly happy or content. Throughout my time spent opening up about my emotions and experiences, I was also taught to give myself some appreciation for the small wins and not put so much pressure on myself to achieve perfection – ‘looking for the positives’ was a huge part of my journey despite how small they may seem to someone else. Sometimes the positive is simply getting out of bed in the morning, and I learnt it is important to recognise these achievements.

Where I’m Headed

As a final year university student, I am currently planning to write my dissertation which reviews ‘How becoming a trauma-informed city will benefit the adult population of Hull’. Upon submission of this project, I will graduate with a Bachelor’s with Honors in July 2024 and I am currently on track to graduate with a first-class degree.

After graduation, I plan to continue my career in support work and maintain my focus on working with individuals who struggle with their mental health as I know from experience how life-changing it can be to receive tailored support and overcome the problems people face within their own minds.

How I Feel Now

I now have a new sense of motivation to make the most of life and ensure that I am happy and content where I am. I am confident enough to not only stand up for myself but also stand up for what I believe is right. I am proud of the progress I have made, but I am also aware of the fact that not every day will be a good day. I allow myself to have down days and feel negative emotions, but I am at a stage where I can maintain control and not let any negativity take over and begin to rule my life. The transformation within my life since attending Endeavour fuels my determination to support others as I once felt like there was no point and there was no way out of the rut that I was in but I am now proof that this is not the case and that with the right support things can change and get better.

Laura – Former Endeavour Academy Pupil (Class of 2022)

As a former pupil, Laura was more than happy to tell us about her time with us here at Endeavour and the things she’s went on to do:

Where I Started

I was referred to Endeavour at the end of year 10 following long-term non attendance within mainstream due to extreme anxiety which effected my everyday life. I had not attended a mainstream lesson since the beginning of 2018 and required a great deal of support from external agencies.

How I’ve Gotten Here

Although it was tough at times, I managed to work with staff and students within Endeavour who supported me and my family to increase my attendance, my confidence and my resilience. I received lots of group and 1:1 interventions which helped me achieve my required grades.

How I Feel Now

I am really pleased that despite the struggles, I was able to continue my journey with Endeavour. I am grateful for the referral being made and the support I received and I am extremely proud of myself for working hard to overcome the barriers I previously faced.

Where I Got To

I left Endeavour in July 2022 after successfully sitting my GCSE exams which I never thought I would do at that point, especially achieving Grade 7 in Science which I desperately wanted for my long-term goals. I went on to study at 6th form where I am doing very well at the moment and am about to complete my 2 year course and busy applying for Universities.

Where I’m Headed

I’ve recently been given a conditional offer to study Medicine at University which is amazing.

What Others Feel

My parents are so incredibly proud of me. They are so supportive and always had my best interests at heart, always cautious of my struggles so it is great to see them so happy with the progress I have made.

My Advice to Other Students

You are capable of great things when you believe in yourself. Taking even small steps in the right direction is progress and will get you where you wish to be. Never give up!

Kiera – Former Endeavour Academy Pupil (Class of 2019)

In this section, we talked directly to Kiera to see how she’s progressed since her time with us at Endeavour. This is all written directly by Kiera, in her own words.

Where I Started

I was referred to Endeavour from a comprehensive school in Stockton in year 11 after refusing to attend school for a long time and also displaying challenging behaviour. I really struggled after losing my father and did not feel understood at school – my issues came out in behaviour and I almost got permanently excluded a few times. In fact I am really surprised I wasn’t when I think back to how I behaved.

How I’ve Gotten Here

After school, I enrolled at college but decided not to go and instead took up employment, trying different areas.

I later enrolled on an apprenticeship in Customer Service where I have recently completed level 3. My bubbly personality and my relationships with others helps loads. I feel like Endeavour brought out the best in me.

How I Feel Now

I am so proud of myself now. I feel like I needed to find something where I could make a difference and now that I have, I am excited to see what I can achieve and how many people I can support. I am grateful to everyone who believed in me here at Endeavour.

Where I Got To

I have various different jobs before now but have not managed to find something I truly love. However, I am currently studying Access to Health at college to enable me to get into university next year to start my journey towards becoming a social worker.

Where I’m Headed

I really want to make a difference to the lives of others and feel that my own journey will enable me to understand and be a good support for people who find themselves in difficult situations and need help. I initially aim to work with offenders but longer term would like to support with addiction and children.

What Others Feel

I know that my parents will be properly proud of me, as are my nana and grandad and also all of the Endeavour staff.

I think everyone who knew me as a young person will be pleasantly surprised at the person I am today.

My Advice to Other Students

If I was able to talk to my younger self or give others advice it would be to stick in and always accept the support on offer from Endeavour because they really do bring out the best of us and make a difference long term.