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Scholars Programme launch inspires students

A small group of Tanbridge House students attended the launch of The Scholars Programme this week; a scheme launched by The Brilliant Club to promote and widen access to top universities for students in non-selective state schools.

The Scholars Programme places university PhD tutors in schools to give students the experience of university style learning.  The PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to groups of six students,  designed to stretch and challenge them.  Students also visit two leading universities to launch  and 'graduate' from the programme.  At the end of the programme students complete a final assignment which will be marked and graded in the style of a university essay.

During the day students had the chance to experience a campus tour, a study skills session, a Q&A session with current undergraduates, lunch in the hall and the first academic tutorial with the PhD tutor.

Mr Loney, Assistant Headteacher who organised the visit and the link with The Scholar's Programme, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity as it gives students the chance to experience life on a university campus and to learn about an academic area of interest in greater depth whilst also developing their writing and study skills."

Mrs Butler, who also accompanied the students on the trip, said: "The students' behaviour was exemplary throughout the day. It was a real pleasure to accompany them and see the benefits of this programme first hand."