On Thursday 26th January a group of More Able and Talented students graduated from The Scholars Programme, a scheme designed to challenge students academically. Twelve students from Years 8 and 9 participated in the programme, attending in-house seminars led by a PHD tutor from St Martins University in London. The seminars covered a range of topics, challenging students to apply philosophical and physiological theories to well-known texts such as Harry potter. It also helped developed their independent study skills by replicating university style teaching. Students completed a 1200 word essay where all students received either a 2:1 or a 1:1 for their written work.
Students visited Exeter University to graduate from the programme and deepen their understanding of university life. After reflecting on their progress, students were given a tour of the campus by current students – the gym was a highlight of the tour, given its new status as gym of the year. Students were able to peek into the library, restaurants and lecture halls of the university. “I really want to come here,” was the comment made by Hannah Browse in Year 8. “I had a great day,” echoed Dan Barnett, Year 9.
The students have now got to put their minds to presenting their work in assembly and to the Governing Board, before becoming mentors to the next cohort of students taking on The Scholars Programme challenge.