Sandwell students graduate from Brilliant Club scheme

21 students from Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) had the opportunity to visit Cardiff University last week as part of a scheme run by The Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity which exists to widen access to top universities for students from non-selective state schools.

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The trip marked the students graduating from the charity’s Scholars Programme, which provides students with six university-style tutorials, two study skills lectures, and a challenging final assignment, culminating in a graduation style event. The programme runs across several academies across Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), of which OSCA is a part of.

The students enjoyed a guided tour of the highly selective university before taking part in a study skills session. The day ended with a ceremony for the students to graduate from the scheme, a very proud moment for all the students and staff from OSCA.

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.

Marie McMahon, Executive Principal of OSCA, said:

"I am so proud of all of The Brilliant Club graduates, who worked so diligently to produce university level essays and to score so highly on the work produced.

"At OSCA, we are always working hard to raise aspirations, and to show our students the myriad of opportunities available to them if they give of their very best. Visiting such a prestigious university really drove that message home for them - and they had some great fun too along the way!"