A group of Year 9 students have participated in a project called the Scholars Programme run by the Brilliant Club, a charity set up to increase the number of students from different backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. The Scholars programme was delivered in the Autumn term by a PhD tutor from the University of Bristol and the students studied a ‘supra-curricular’ topic related to the PhD tutor’s area of expertise. The programme running this year was on the area of mental health and the law. A group of 12 students were selected for the programme. As part of the programme the students had to complete a university style essay of 2000 words. This was a challenge for some students and they felt a huge sense of achievement when they completed the essay as they had never written such a long piece of work before. They also had to submit their final assignments during the lockdown in January so the students experienced independent learning and time management.
The students were able to graduate in an online ceremony held last month. The keynote speaker was Louis Howell who co-runs an educational social enterprise that equips young people for life by running programmes focused on personal development, social responsibility & global awareness in education. He spoke to the students about preparing for the future and having the right skills to be able to accomplish their ambitions.
It was lovely to celebrate the students’ achievements. Every student made progress in their writing and thinking skills over the programme and all students passed the final assignment with 7 students achieving a First.
Well done to all the students on the completion of the Scholars Programme!
*All students in the photo are in the same year group bubble*