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Newark: Magnus Church of England Academy students take part in the Scholars Programme

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Eleven year nine students from Magnus Church of England Academy, Newark, have been following the Scholars Programme, a challenging course aimed at giving students a taste of high-quality university tuition.

The course, accessed through The Brilliant Club, is an award-winning university access charity working throughout the UK.

The Magnus students worked with a PhD researcher and passed the course, with one student attaining a rare first class result.

Magnus students who have been taking part in the Scholars Programme. (49005885)
Magnus students who have been taking part in the Scholars Programme. (49005885)

Magnus as a whole surpassed the national average of students who gain a first or 2:1 in their final assessment, achieving 92% when the national average is 70%.

Mark Peyton, assistant principal, said: “The Scholars Programme gave our students the opportunity to experience university-style learning through tutorials led by a PhD graduates.

“Working with a world-class researcher is a rare experience for secondary school students and reflects the Magnus Academy vision of developing young people who achieve excellence.

“Graduates of the Scholars Programme are twice as likely to progress to highly selective universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.”

Student Jess Mellon gained a first class result and said: “I really enjoyed the Scholars Programme. It wasn’t easy, but I worked really hard.

“I’ve learned lots of useful skills, for example writing a critical argument.

“Before I started the course, I wasn’t sure about going to university, but the Scholars Programme has made me much more confident.”

Mark said Magnus students demonstrated they were equal to the challenge and were a source of pride for the school community.

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