Grahame with pupils and staff from St Bede
Grahame with pupils and staff from St Bede's Scholars Programme.

Grahame visited pupils at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School & Byron Sixth Form College this week to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme – a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning.

The programme recruits, trains and places PhD researchers in non-selective state schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research to small groups of pupils.

“It was great to visit St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School & Byron Sixth Form College today, and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was very impressed at how they engaged with such a complex and challenging academic topic. It just goes to show what young people from Easington can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme”.

Francesca Craik, Incoming Head of School, said:

“I was delighted to meet with Grahame Morris and show him the work pupils are doing in The Scholars Programme. I’m proud of the achievements of St Bede’s pupils who are participating and am excited to see how their participation inspires their study and university choices. I look forward to continuing to provide fantastic opportunities for St Bede’s Byron pupils as Head of school from September 2018.”

Dr Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club said:

“In Britain today, there’s an entrenched link between a young person’s background and their chance of education success. The Scholars Programme helps pupils develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil their academic potential and secure places at highly-selective universities. We’re really grateful to Grahame Morris for taking time to come and see the great work that our PhD tutors and partner schools are doing, and the amazing things pupils are achieving.”

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