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THE DOWNS SCHOOL
The Brilliant Club 2015

What is The Brilliant Club? The Brilliant Club is an award winning charity that recruits, trains and places PhD students to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of high performing pupils who attend primary and secondary non-selective state schools serving low participation communities. The Brilliant Club was founded by two teachers who left their jobs in inner-city classrooms to build an organisation that mobilises the PhD community to address educational disadvantage and increase fair access to highly selective universities.

For more information, visit their website www.thebrilliantclub.org or view The Brilliant Club, Schools Brochure

12 fortunate Year 9 students had a series of tutorials at King's College London, then they were assigned and completed a 2000 word assignment. They were given degree style grades and had a graduation ceremony at New College, Oxford on Thursday 14th May 2015. The Brilliant Club Graduation Trip to Oxford celebrated the Year 9 students, their achievements, and their hard work on the Scholars Programme.

The Scholar Programme involved students working closely with a PhD Tutor in a series of small group university-style tutorials to study a ‘super-curricular’ course that explores topics they may not usually study in the school curriculum. Students completed an extended final assignment that challenged them to work above their current key stage.

The graduation event ran in partnership with New College, Oxford and involved a tour of the campus, a study skills session and the chance to meet and ask questions of current students and admissions staff at the university. During the day participated in a formal certification ceremony where they received a certificate to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements on the programme.

Contact Details

  • Headteacher: Mr C Prosser

  • The Downs School
  • Compton
  • Newbury
  • Berkshire
  • RG20 6AD

  • T: 01635 270000
  • F: 01635 579084
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