Folkestone Academy pupils celebrate their ‘brilliant’ achievement!
This week we’ve been delighted to hold our own internal celebration event for our Brilliant Club graduates at Folkestone Academy. The 28 Year 10 students, who were celebrating completing the Brilliant Club Scholars Programme, had a formal graduation ceremony at the University of Sussex recently where they were awarded a certificate of completion.
But we wanted to hold our own ceremony to include the parents of our brilliant graduates. This not only allowed them to celebrate with their children, but to really understand the level of work that the students had completed. It also gave our staff the opportunity to talk about next steps for these students, particularly further education, and to encourage them to continue aiming high.
The Scholars Programme, which mobilises university tutors to share their academic expertise with high-performing secondary school pupils, sees students attend a series of university-style tutorials as well as visit the university campus. The tutor, who either has or is working towards a PhD, sets work that is significantly higher than usual for the students, who have to show their academic progression through the course by writing a 2,000 word final assignment.
Tabitha, Year 10, said: “The Brilliant Club Scholars programme gave me the opportunity to visit prestigious universities and participate in a variety of team building exercises that allowed me to develop fundamental skills that will help me in the future. The programme gave me an insight into the necessary work ethic that university requires and gave me an appreciation of the different approach to teaching and learning that takes place at this level of study. I felt very proud of what I achieved and the experience cemented my aspirations to attend university.”
Lewis, Year 10, said: – “My journey with the Brilliant Club has been an exhilarating one. The programme has given me an insightful glimpse into the importance and wonders of going to university. I am humbled to have been chosen to be part of the programme. Being picked made me realise that my teachers saw potential in me and helped me to believe that I could go on to do something amazing. The experience has encouraged me to focus more on my writing skills and helped me to understand how to conduct research.”