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MP praises Halewood pupils

Local MP Maria Eagle visited Year 8 and 10 pupils at Halewood Academy this week to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning.

The programme recruits, trains and places PhD researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research to small groups of pupils. The pupils Maria Eagle met with today are studying a course entitled Maths - Could stars float in the bath? with their tutor Liam Shore from Liverpool John Moores University.

As part of the programme, the pupils will also visit two highly-selective universities, where they receive information, advice and guidance about university life and making a successful university application. 

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity whose aim is increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. An independent evaluation by the Universities and Colleges Application Services (UCAS) showed that nearly sixty percent of pupils who complete the programme go on to attend a highly-selective university. For pupils on the programme who were eligible for free school meals, 54% progressed to a highly-selective university, compared to a national rate of 12%.

Maria Eagle said:  “It was great to visit Halewood Academy today, and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was very impressed at how they engaged with such a complex and challenging academic topic. It just goes to show what young people from Garston and Halewood can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme”.   

Vicky Kenyon, Lead Teacher, said:  “I was delighted to meet with Maria Eagle and show her the work Halewood pupils are doing in The Scholars Programme. I’m proud of the achievements of our pupils who are participating and am excited to see how their participation inspires their study and university choices.”

 

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