Brilliant Graduation

Posted at 4:27 pm on 14th March, 2018

FGS Brilliant Club students and staff travelled to Sheffield University for the Brilliant Club Graduation ceremony.

Supported by Brilliant Club Leader and Director of Academic Excellence Miss O’Halloran, twelve year 10 scholars were invited to celebrate their achievements as part of the Club.

The Brilliant Club was co-founded in 2011 by Jonathan Sobczyk and Simon Coyle, two teachers who became involved in university access through their work in inner-city schools. As classroom teachers, they recognised the barriers that students from under-represented backgrounds face in accessing university, and started an after-school project called The Brilliant Club at London Academy, Edgware.

Yr10 Sheffield Unit Programme2.jpg 

That grassroots project sought to utilise the expertise and passion of PhD students, who they recruited to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils.

The FGS students were selected from our gifted and talented cohort and worked on the programme with a PHD tutor from the University of Manchester. They studied the problem 'Is the cure for cancer within us?' exploring various routes of treatment such as immune therapy.

Well done to students:  Laura Kasongo, Nina Cornell, Amy Blay, Sian Allen-McKinley, Hope Geliher, Samiya Ali, Riham Hassan, Nybha Miah, Abbie Barnard, Mia Woodcock, Ella Fagan and Sophie MacDonald.

All the students’ marks reflected their hard work and were graded as a University student essay.  The majority of marks were 1st class honours awards which shows our students worked at year 13 standard whilst still only in year 10.

Miss O’Halloran Director of Academic Excellence said: “It was a challenging but rewarding task and I am so pleased that all students passed with outstanding marks. Particular mention to Amy Blay, as the tutor was so impressed with her research; she is looking into this being published in an academic journal!”

Amy Blay commented: ‘I really enjoyed this experience and hope that more FGS students can take part over the coming years. The chance to understand wants expected of you at university, from essay writing is invaluable and something I hope to use in years to come.’