The Scholar's Programme

The Scholar's Programme

In October 2018, eleven students from Year 10 were selected to take part in the Scholar’s Program; a unique project for comprehensive school students, aiming to educate on the opportunities that further education can bring as well as help them form networks with Scholars from Russell Group institutions. They traveled to Cambridge University to take part in the launch trip of the project, getting to know their PhD tutor who set their task, as well as experiencing their first taste of university-style teaching. Our students were told their final piece would be on ‘post-colonial identity in literature’. Although seeming daunting at first, the students worked hard in the group tutorials following, to develop their understanding of this difficult topic to complete their two-thousand word essays as the final piece. After these were graded against an undergraduate mark scheme, the students celebrated their achievements at the graduation event, held at Nottingham University, where all their efforts in achieving their 1st or 2:1 were recognised by friends, family, Mrs Paley, (Headteacher) Miss Middleton (Gifted and Talented Coordinator), Miss Salt (Head of Year) and Mr Rahman (Executive Headteacher).

‘The project is a truly aspirational thing to take part in and continues to develop skills beyond the normal classroom with new year groups moving up the school, providing invaluable opportunities to experience University at a younger age.’

Frankie Berry and Emily Radford (Year 11 students who previously completed the Scholar’s Programme)

December 2019

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