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Archway School

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.