The Brilliant Club
Mrs Stuart Brown and Mrs Jowett took 12 Year 8 students to the University of Southampton to begin their participation in the Brilliant Club programme which aims to encourage students from non-selective schools to apply to the Russell Group universities.
We began the day in a lecture theatre with other schools from the south east and London area where they were introduced to the PhD student, Polly Payne, who will be giving our students university-style tutorials over the next coming weeks; the topic they will be studying is Biology: Disease Detectives. They will then submit an extended essay which will be graded with university –style grading of first, 2:1 or 2:2.
We then had a tour of the university led by our lovely guide, Ali, who is a 5th year Electrical Engineering student studying for his Masters. The students were in awe of their surroundings and amazed at how large a campus Southampton is and that all the facilities of a small town are available. Lunch was provided in one of the many eateries on the campus.
The students were then able to have a question and answer session with current students at Southampton before we began the long journey home. It was an aspirational and inspirational day for them all.