25th Feb 2016
A SECOND wave of Dyke House Sports & Technology College students will have the chance to experience graduation from one of the leading universities in the country.
Year 9 and 10 students at Dyke House will work closely with Durham University as part of the nationally run The Brilliant Club programme.
They will have to submit 1500 word assignments to be marked at GCSE level and will receive feedback in university style format to help them get a taste of life at uni.
It follows on from a number of Year 7 and Year 8 students successfully graduating from The Brilliant Club programme before half term when they were handed certificates in front of parents and carers at Durham.
Caitlyn Collins and Sam Brown, from Year 8, and Jessica Young and Charlotte Marshall, from Year 7, achieved distinctions for effort and outstanding attainment respectively.
Dyke House?s Sally Holt said: ?It was wonderful to celebrate all the scholars? work and we were immensely proud of all they achieved last term.
?We look forward to continuing to see their excellence in both the classroom and all they apply themselves to.
?This term we commence the Brilliant Club programme with our Year 9 and 10 students and look forward to supporting them as they work towards completing their programme.?
Brilliant Club students have weekly tutorial sessions to gain an insight into higher education with help from PhD tutors.
Miss Holt said: ?The Brilliant Club has allowed our scholars the opportunity to explore new topics and subjects outside of the curriculum, developing a new found understanding and skillset.
?The chance to take part in high level, academic discussion is a cornerstone of the The Brilliant Club Programme, ensuring scholars not only achieve top grades in exams, but develop a genuine love of learning.
?We are immensely proud that our students have gained such an insight into a topic currently researched by their PhD tutor.?
The Brilliant Club was set up in 2011 to widen access to highly-selective universities for under-represented groups by mobilising researchers to bring their academic expertise into state schools. It currently works with over 7,000 pupils and 300 schools per year nationwide.
Leanne Adamson, the North-East and West director for the programme, said: ?It was great to see the pupils from Dyke House College collect their certificates at the end of the programme.
?They have worked very hard over the last few months with their PhD tutors and we hope they are really proud of their achievements.
?The graduation event at Durham University was a really lovely occasion, with lots of parents attending and schools from across the region celebrating together.
?We hope that the academic programme and the opportunity to visit a highly-selective university encourages the pupils to think about whether higher education might be for them one day.?