The Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme: 2015/2016

This year, 21 students from Year 7 and Year 8 have been taking part in the Brilliant Club's, The Scholar Programme.  

The Scholars Programme comprises a series of academic, small-group tutorials delivered by doctoral or post-doctoral researchers to high performing pupils in non-selective state schools.   The tutorials are designed to emulate university style learning and the programmes are designed to stretch pupils to work at a Key Stage above.  The tutorials along with the launch and graduation events give pupils the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to make informed choices when applying to top universities and ultimately to secure a place at a highly selective university. 

The students took part in a series of tutorials exploring topics that they may not usually study in the school curriculum. The students then had to submit a 1500 word assignment.  The assignment that Year 7 had to investigate was, ‘Can stars float in the bath?’ and the assignment that Year 8 were investigating was, ‘Can terrorism ever be justified?’.  The launch trip took place at Southampton University with students taking part in a tour of the campus, their first tutorial, sessions on how to do effective note taking and the day ended with a question and answer session with some of the student ambassadors. 

The graduation event took place at Wadham College, Oxford University. The students were taken on a tour and given a bit of the history of Wadham College. They were able to eat lunch in one of the formal dining rooms which felt a little bit out of a scene from a Harry Potter film and the day ended with a graduation ceremony where students received their certificates. They really soaked up the atmosphere of Oxford University and were in awe of the beautiful buildings and inspiring atmosphere.  

The students gained a lot from the experience as reflected in some of the comments below:

“The scholars programme has prepared me for later life by showing me how to work independently and to a high standard.  It has taught me how to structure an essay and build up my speaking skills”.

“As I have completed the scholars programme at the age of 11, I have been able to write a university style essay showing I am resilient and hardworking and can put my mind to an extremely hard problem or question.”

“I have grown as a person and I know what university is like.  I also know what I can really make it to a good university and do what I want to in my career.  I have resilience for the future.”

Ben Cackett who took part in the Scholars Programme last year and this year has had his essay published in ‘The Scholar’, the academic journal produced by The Brilliant Club to celebrate the pupils' final assignments.  

“ I am very proud of all our students and their achievements” said Mrs Best.