A group of Y10 students were fortunate enough to be involved in the Scholars Programme in the Spring term. The students have been working with a PhD tutor on an aspect known as the ‘supra curriculum’. Brunts students were expertly guided by PhD tutor, Kiran Singh, on ‘Colonial identity in Midnight’s Children’ (by Salmon Rushdie).
Initially the students were invited to Jesus College, Cambridge University, for the launch of the event where they received a tour of the campus, a careers workshop and an opportunity to undertake their first tutorial with Kiran Singh. Our students had a taste of what the future might hold for them, many were inspired by this visit and have ambitions to attend a Russel Group university.
Subsequently the students attended weekly tutorials. Using their newfound knowledge, the students had to initially draft a 2000 word essay. They received individual verbal feedback to help them improve their work before submitting their final assignment. Their PhD tutor, in line with the university’s gradings, then assessed the students work. 4 of our students achieved a first class award, 10 achieved a 2:1 and 4 achieved a 2:2. This was a truly exceptional performance from all of our students. This was a challenging programme from the outset, another example of our students putting our core values into practice. Both students and parents were invited to attend a graduation ceremony at University of Nottingham to celebrate their achievement. One of our students, Kiya Slater, volunteered to be a keynote speaker at the event; she addressed the audience consisting of students, parents, teachers and PhD tutors delivering a paragraph of her essay and explaining the value of being involved in the programme. Congratulations to all the students involved.