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Harleston pupils sample university life




Pupils at Archbishop Sancroft High School with scrolls after they linked up with Cambridge University..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography
Pupils at Archbishop Sancroft High School with scrolls after they linked up with Cambridge University..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography

Pupils from a Harleston high school have been getting a taste of university life.

The 12 pupils from Year 7 and 8 at Archbishop Sancroft School visited Cambridge University as part of a project called The Scholars Programme.

The programme sees the pupils work alongside a PhD student to complete a piece of work beyond their normal school curricular activity.

“We had 54 pupils apply to go on the programme and 12 were selected,” said Charlotte Rourke-Beasley, the school’s head of house.

“First, they visited the university for a tour, before taking on an assignment, for which they attended a seminar at school with a Cambridge PhD student, once a week, on the subject of the French Revolution.

“They then had to write a 1,500-word essay, which was marked at a much stricter standard than usual for their age and they all did brilliantly.”

The Scholars Programme was developed in 2011 by Jonathan Sobczyk and Simon Coyle, two teachers who became involved in university access through their work in inner-city schools.

They recognised barriers that students from under-represented backgrounds face in accessing university, and started the after-school project, called The Brilliant Club, at London Academy, Edgware.

“The students have a graduation ceremony at the UEA later this month and all scored highly with one student even winning a first,” added Mrs Rourke-Beasley.



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