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Year 8 Scholars at Southampton University

Twelve of our more able Scholars in Year 8 attended the launch of the Scholars' Programme at Southampton University  on Tuesday 8 November 2016. They met their Tutor, Mr Scaramanga for the first time and had a chance to experience university life for a day.

After a brief introduction from Dr Hugh Jones, where he explained the programme and encouraged the students to aspire to the top universities to match their abilities, they set off to work. The first session concentrated on study skills and included lots of useful information for extended writing and advice on long essay structure. The second tutorial with their assigned PhD  Tutor, Mr Scaramanga, covered Agency and Paternalism and the ability to make choices for yourself and on behalf of others. The students were a credit to the school and showed how confident they were by their contribution to the sessions which involved students from other South West schools.

I was surprised how big the University campus is. It was interesting to see how different it is from secondary school.

Our PhD Tutor really helped us understand what it all meant.

Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Chappell said: The students were brilliant. the level of conversation, the ideas that they were coming up with and the language they were using was really impressive.

In the following week on Tuesday 15 November 2016 Mr Scaramanga visited Bradon Forest for the first of four tutorials. Students  then need to complete and submit a 1500 word dissertation for grading prior to attending a graduation ceremony at another Russell Group University.


The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, a UK non-profit organisation. Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers deliver academic tutorials in non-selective state schools to pupils aged 10-18. During the Scholars Programme students have six tutorials with their PhD tutor, and visit a highly-selective university to celebrate their launch trip at the beginning and graduation at the end of the programme.