Sutton Academy’s Brilliant Club

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Pupils from The Sutton Academy in St Helens took part in an exciting launch event with their parents, carers and teachers to mark the start of their time on The Scholar’s Programme, a university access scheme run by educational charity The Brilliant Club.

The year 10 pupils can expect to be challenged and have their minds stretched as they experience a taster of university life over the next half-term, with a university-style tutorial programme supervised by a PhD researcher from the University of Liverpool. Alison Howell is a specialist in the Institute of Global Health and Infection at the university and the pupils will be learning all about how to use statistics to tell stories in Biology.

“When the course starts the pupils will visit the University of Manchester for a launch day where they will tour the campus, quiz university staff and current undergraduates all about university study and have their first tutorial.

“At the end of the course, they will be challenged to write an extended essay of 2,000 words, and will visit another highly-selective university for a graduation-style event.

“Last week, their parents and carers came into school for an evening to learn more about The Brilliant Club and celebrate their children beginning the programme.

Leanne Adamson, who is the director for The Brilliant Club across the North West region, said: “It was a really lovely evening and great to meet all the parents of the pupils on The Scholars Programme.

“We hope that the pupils get a lot out of the programme, and that the experience encourages them to consider applying to a highly-selective university later on.

“I am looking forward to hearing all about it at their graduation event next term. It is the first time that The Sutton Academy are running a programme with The Brilliant Club, and teacher Dominic Huey said: “We decided to approach The Brilliant Club as we felt they really supported the academy’s mission statement of Living to Learn. Learning to Live.

“We felt that the exposure of our learners to a challenging academic environment promotes a culture that champions excellence and hard work.

“The academy’s strong vision for partnership working with sponsors, the local community and external agencies to create personalised, engaging and motivating educational experiences for its young people can only benefit from working with The Brilliant Club, and we hope to build effective, lasting and meaningful links between schools and universities that are underpinned by excellent teaching and learning, and by positive action to widen access to top universities.”