Following Altwood Church of England School’s Sixth Form’s impressive results this year, six of its current Year 12 students have been offered spaces on “The Reading Scholars Programme”, giving them the opportunity to experience life as a university undergraduate through a summer school and classes delivered by academics from the University of Reading.
Sixth form students Vincent Fletcher, Kathryn Williams, Kiara-Rose Smith, Raheem Ali, Reece Green and Issie Giles were all successful in their applications for the programme. The scheme is designed to expose sixth form students to university life while also enhancing their current A-Level studies. It will also give them the opportunity to access practical support from leading academics, current undergraduate e-mentors and university alumni as they begin the application process for university.
The programme will take place at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus, with students participating in four events throughout the next academic year, including a master class led by academics on the subject of their choice, a student ‘Experience Day’ and three days at summer school. It’s offered in several subject areas, including: art and design, chemistry, biology, English literature, modern languages – French and Spanish – and mathematics.
Applicants to the programme will have achieved at least five A* – C at GCSE and also be on track to achieve good grades at A-Level or equivalent, for example BBB or above.
Year 12 students were inspired to apply for the programme after attending an assembly by the school’s head girl, Alissa Chohan, who was selected for the programme during the last academic year, where she shared her experience with them.
If the Altwood students taking part in the programme choose to apply to study at Reading University, they are guaranteed either an invite to interview or a conditional offer. And if the students select the university as their firm choice institution, they are also eligible to apply for a £1000 Scholars bursary in their first year.
Headteacher, Neil Dimbleby, commented, “We are incredibly proud of our six students that have been offered places on The Reading Scholars Programme. It’s not only a fantastic opportunity that will give them the chance to experience university life first-hand and develop their understanding of their current A-Level subjects, but is a reflection of their hard-work and dedication to their education. Huge congratulations to the students.”
Altwood is holding a Sixth Form Information Evening on Tuesday 29th November at 18:30 for those that want to hear from staff and students about their experience of Altwood and be better informed about Post-16 choices.