Brilliant Burnt Mill Academy students go to Cambridge

BMA Brilliant Club

YEAR  Nine students at Burnt Mill Academy Harlow got an insight into life at Cambridge University and discovered they are ‘Brilliant’.

The students were selected to take part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ at Cambridge. The club is a charity which strives to enable young people from under-represented backgrounds to gain access to highly selective institutions.

The club has paired the students with a PHD tutor at the University to work on a research project, which will be marked and graded as if it was a proper university course. During the project, students visited the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and took part in a biology lecture.

At the end of the project, the students will attend a graduation ceremony in February.

Assistant head teacher of BMA, Erkan Ustura, said: “Our students are getting a real idea of university style teaching and of the skills needed to write essays. It is a completely different learning experience for them. They are gaining independent study skills, which is the most important part.

“They have never been to university before and are really keen to go on to study at university now having met students and experienced the lifestyle. It’s a wonderful experience and they are quite excited.”

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William Spalding

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