The Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme: 2016/17

This year, 20 students from Year 7 and Year 8 took part in the ‘Scholar’s Programme’. 

The Scholars Programme is run by a charity called the Brilliant Club and comprises of 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 8 had to investigate was, ‘Why was there a French Revolution’ and the assignment that Year 7 were investigating was, ‘Understanding Viral Infections: Ebola’.  The launch trip took place at St Hugh’s College, Oxford 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. They really soaked up the atmosphere of Oxford University and were in awe of the beautiful buildings and inspiring atmosphere. 

The graduation event took place at Southampton University where the students took part in a tour of the campus, a study skills session and the chance to meet and ask questions of current students and admissions staff at the university and ended with a graduation ceremony where they received their certificates. The students gained a lot from the experience and had fun too!