Our sixth form offers our most able students the opportunity to follow a Scholars programme which is designed to raise student aspirations and extend understanding of post-18 options.
As part of the programme, seven of our Year 13 students have applied to Oxbridge and Medicine for 2022 entry; an increase from 2 last year, and a number of them have already received invitations for interviews.
In addition, many of our Year 12 Scholars have applied for 'widening participation programmes' offered by some of the leading universities in the country, including Cambridge, Kings College London, University College London (UCL) and Sheffield University. These programmes are available to high attaining Year 12 students who meet specific criteria. We also continue to raise aspirations of all our Sigma Sixth Year 12 and 13 students by providing regular information on suitable programmes and opportunities, along with support for applications.
A number of our Year 12 and Year 13 students recently travelled to Cambridge University, to attend an event specially created for our Sigma Sixth Scholar to help inspire our most able students to apply to the top Russell Group research universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
The students, accompanied by Ms Locksmith, from the Sigma Sixth pastoral team and school governor, Mrs Hammond, received a tour of the Emmanuel College grounds and buildings with student ambassadors. They were able to view the student accommodation and had an explanation of the costs of living at the college. This prompted one student to comment ‘I thought I wouldn't be able to afford to come here, but there are different prices for different types of rooms which helps'.
After lunch, in the college canteen, the Year 12 students had an opportunity to engage with some 'myth-busting' and super-curricular activities, whilst the Year 13’s visited another of the University's colleges, and had an opportunity to explore the city centre. The day concluded with an extended Q&A with two 1st year undergraduate students, both of whom attended state schools for their secondary and sixth form education. The Sigma Sixth students found this especially reassuring, highlighting that an application to Cambridge is realistic and achievable.
All our students showing maturity and enthusiasm, asking excellent questions and really making the most of the opportunity. Kate Hammond commented: “It was a great pleasure to accompany the Sigma Scholars on this inspiring trip. I was impressed with the students, they really engaged and showed growing confidence as the day progressed. I hope it gave them an opportunity to make an informed decision about their future.”