Students exceed both the regional and national average on the Brilliant Club Scholars Programme
The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community at universities, to share academic expertise with state schools.
The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme aims to provide pupils with an insight into university level studying and gives them the opportunity to work at a level beyond their current key stage. Our Y7, 8, 9 and 10 pupils were given the opportunity to apply for the programme, attend a Launch Event at The University of Nottingham, and had a series of tutorials with a PhD tutor before submitting a 1500-2000 word essay. At the end of the programme, eleven of our Y7/8 pupils graduated at a ceremony held at Warwick University. Alongside this, eleven of our Y9/10 pupils have just completed the programme and will graduate on Monday 22nd May.
We are extremely proud of the pupils that participated and the dedication and maturity they demonstrated. All of the pupils submitted their essays on time and a number of our pupils achieved a 1st class mark. Overall, the pupils exceeded both the regional and national average. We look forward to seeing them excel throughout their time here at West Walsall E-ACT Academy.
Pupil account – Y8
We went to two of the best universities to start and end our journey of a university style life, where we got an opportunity to write and learn in a way someone from university would. We did this course over a few weeks, in which we also got an opportunity to expand our knowledge of what we can be and expect of life. Through these few weeks we got a hint to where life can take us, but it depends on us and our choices.
What did I enjoy?
Well I learnt a lot about Ebola, the spread of Ebola, viruses and bacteria. We also got a chance to look into other aspects of different viruses like smallpox. The tutorials, which we had, explained all the answers to the questions and we were given assignments, which helped us to write and present our learning and skills. All the assignments helped us to write the final assignment essay of 1500 words. I found this really interesting and wish to have another opportunity like this and expand my vocabulary. Now this has made me want to go to a university even more and to boost my confidence too.