TWELVE lucky youngsters at the Henry Beaufort School embarked on a Scholars Programme.

The scheme is delivered by The Brilliant Club, a charity which aims to widen access at top universities for outstanding pupils in non-selective state schools.

Pupils from Year 8 underwent a rigorous process in the spring term, attending multiple tutorials led by PhD tutors.

The learning was based around the French Revolution and were all very high level.

All twelve students produced a final assessment which was a 1,500 word essay and all passed with the following grades: two firsts; two 2:1; four 2:2 and two thirds.

Headteacher Miss Hearle said: "Having read all of the essays I am in awe of the work that our young people in Year 8 have produced.

"It is a delight to see them explore the complexities of the factors impacting on the French revolution, demonstrating their in-depth thinking and ability to articulate a response to university standards.

"I am very proud of them all."

Science teacher Naylor-Teece coordinated the scheme.

She said: "It has been a real pleasure to watch these young people rise to the challenge of the Scholars’ Programme. I have been overwhelmed by their dedication and resilience in tackling such a difficult topic – even throughout lockdown. They have done us and themselves proud."

One student added: "I think the best part of the Scholars programme was taking part in the tutorials in general and learning about something I knew nothing of previously.

"At first, I found the course hard to understand since there was so much to know and I wasn’t used to university style work, but after a while of taking part in tutorials I overcame the challenge and the information seemed easier to understand instead.

"I truly had an incredible time and thank you for letting me take part.’