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Students shine in Scholars programme

Posted onPosted on 8th Jul

Eleven Year 9 students from Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, have starred in the Scholars Programme, a challenging course aimed at giving students a taste of high-quality university tuition.

The course is accessed through The Brilliant Club, an award-winning university access charity working throughout the UK.

Magnus students worked with a PhD researcher and passed the course, with one student attaining a rare 1st class result.

Magnus as a whole also surpassed the national average of students who gain a 1st or 2:1 in their final assessment, achieving a praiseworthy 92% when the national average is 70%.

Mark Peyton, assistant principal at Magnus, said: “The Scholars programme gave our students the opportunity to experience university-style learning through tutorials led by a PhD Graduates. Working with a world-class researcher is a rare experience for secondary school students and reflects the Magnus Academy vision of developing young people who achieve excellence.”

Mark said that students had shown commendable commitment to their work. “Our scholars attended 7 tutorials over 3 months led by an English Literature PhD Graduate. In addition, there were weekly assignments to complete and a final 2000-word assessment essay.

“This was all delivered to replicate University style learning and marked on a degree grading system,” he added.

Students who took part in the course were: Annie Grattage, Shannon Lambert, Esme Potter, Jess Mellon, Evie Richards, Alan Wilkinson, Rebekah Hough, Mason Shepherd, Libby Howson, Gracie Miller and Masie Hardy.