The Brilliant Club: Cohort 1 (June – September 2017)
Another cohort of students from William Edwards has been successful in completing their Scholars’ Programme with “The Brilliant Club”. This was our fourth cohort to go through the process.
The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that exists to widen access to highly-selective universities for students from non-selective state schools. The charity recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools across the country. PhD tutors go out to schools and deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of students, from Year 6 through to Year 12, which develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help those students to secure places at highly-selective universities.
In June this year 24 year 7 and year 8 students were selected to take part in the programme. The programme commenced with a launch trip in June the University of Sussex on 12th June. Following the launch trip a tutor visited the school over a period of 5 weeks. Students were taken out of regular lessons for 1 hour per week over this period and studied “Is Ebola the next pandemic?” This subject allowed pupils to study something different to their normal curriculum in order to widen their deeper thinking and to give them a taste of what it is like at university. Students received homework after every tutorial which was submitted via a VLE.
Following the launch trip and the tutorials, the students had to write a lengthy assignment, a mini version of a dissertation that they would write at university. Students then returned to the university once their assignment has been marked for their “graduation” which took place at the Law Faculty, the University of Cambridge on 27th September. Congratulations to our students who graduated: Maisie Hunt, Harry Jones, Karis Love, Willow Redding, Amelie Edmonds, Sophie Rose, Scarlett Townsend, Megan McCarthy, Taylan Polat, Kolade Oshun, Ciera Cooper Webb, George Brown, Hollie Barrick Keith, Robert Buckley, Isabel Crawford, Millie George, Isabella Messore, Ashley Pester, Charlie Redmond, Rhianna Reed, Ben Ashe, Karis Mowbray, Emmanuel Ogbonna, Halle Barbour-Carr.
70% of all students gained the programme’s equivalent of a second class degree (2:1/2:2) or higher, with 6/24 students receiving the highest grade of a 1st . Those pupils are Sophie Rose, Maisie Hunt, Amelie Edmonds, Karis Mowbray, Hollie Barrick Keith, and Charlie Redmond. Lastly 100% of pupils submitted work in order to attend graduation. Well done to all!
Our fifth cohort of students (years 9 & 10) have now started the programme and we are looking forward to hearing about their achievements too!