Local student’s essay selected for publication in academic journal

A high-flying student from Ormiston Bushfield Academy has been selected to have her article published in a prestigious academic journal.

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Daisy Hayward, a Year 10 pupil at Bushfield Academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), wrote a paper on the treatment of leukaemia – and it was so impressive that it was chosen for publication in a special edition of The Scholar, a PhD Tutor-reviewed academic journal published by The Brilliant Club.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity which exists to widen access to top universities for students from non-selective state schools. Students aged 10 to 17, taking part in The Brilliant Club’s programmes in schools across the UK, were invited to submit papers to be considered for publication in the journal.

Daisy’s paper was chosen from more than 100 submissions in a highly competitive selection process.

In her essay, entitled ‘The Potential Benefit of Stem Cells As A Therapy for Leukaemia’, Daisy looked at the application of stem cell therapy to treat cancer and the need to expand such treatment. The detailed and well-researched paper dealt with extremely complex issues and The Brilliant Club noted the student’s impressive ability to write fluently on such issues and to make them accessible.

OAT has been working with The Brilliant Club for many years and the charity has now supported students in over 75% of the Trust’s academies, particularly those with no parental history of higher education and those in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

This initiative is one of a number that OAT implements in academies across its network to support students – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – to improve their chances of winning places at some of the country's top universities, and to ensure that all students fulfil their full potential, regardless of their background.

Dr Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club, said:

"I am delighted for the schools and pupils who have had their work published in the latest edition of The Scholar.

"The range and quality of the assignments is testament to the hard work of the tutors, teachers and pupils who have delivered The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools in non-selective state schools from Penzance to Glasgow.

"The evidence shows that completing The Brilliant Club’s ambitious academic programmes under the supervision of a trained PhD researcher supports pupils progress to highly-selective universities. The publication of The Scholar is a great opportunity to celebrate their achievements."

Dennis Kirwan, Principal of Ormiston Bushfield Academy, said:

"To have an article published in The Scholar is a wonderful accolade for Daisy and a remarkable achievement.

"The Brilliant Club does some truly fantastic work and we are delighted to be working with them to support our students to gain experience of higher education, and to help them access some of the country’s top universities. At Ormiston Bushfield Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all students have access to a wide range of academic, extracurricular and enrichment opportunities to help them fulfil their potential, and this is just one of the many activities we undertake to achieve this."

Discussing her experience, Daisy Hayward, said:

"I was so excited when I heard I had been chosen. It’s amazing to have something that I worked so hard on published in an academic journal. The whole experience was really inspiring and a great introduction to academic writing, and I am now really excited about the prospect of applying to university!"