The Scholars Programme

This term 14 of our Year 9 students have been taking part in The Scholars Programme, run by The Brilliant Club. This is a programme designed to support students to develop skills and knowledge to make ambitious and successful applications to universities, should that be what they decide they want to do. At the same time, students develop great academic skills, such as developing their written and verbal communication, critical thinking and metacognition, to support their schoolwork day to day.

This year, the students participating in The Scholars Programme are working with a PhD researcher from Brunel University whose field of research is on microbiology with a particular focus on plastic eating bacteria! So far, students have attended the launch event which was held at Reading University, where students participated in a workshop, had a tour of the campus, and an opportunity to have a Q&A with some of the student ambassadors from Reading University. They have attended a series of tutorials which have provided them with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to complete their final assignment on 'Could bacteria and their enzymes be a viable option to tackle the plastic waste problem?' 
The programme concludes with a Graduation Event in July which is being held at Oxford University where they will attend a formal ceremony to recognise their work on the programme.


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