Twenty students are being given a taste of life at university after being selected to take part in a prestigious programme.
Seven Year 12 students and 13 Year 10 students were chosen to be part of the Scholars Programme which is run by an organisation called DANCOP.
DANCOP is the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme, a partnership between the local Higher Education providers including universities and colleges.
As part of the Scholars Programme, students receive visits in school from university researchers, PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to groups of students and students visit two leading universities before completing the programme with a final 2,000 word assignment.
Students have already taken part in a launch trip at Nottingham Trent University, during which they had an academic tutorial with their PhD tutor, took part in an Information, Advice and Guidance session, were given a tour led by a current student.
Aoife Galletly, assistant headteacher, said: “As a school, we are delighted to see how the students have grown in confidence in their academic ability and potential. It has been transformative for many of the students.”
Charlie Foster Phillips, lead project officer DANCOP Derby Hub, said: “The Scholars Programme provides learners with a small insight into the world of academia and research. This opportunity is a good fit for Saint Benedict pupils as it encourages their already engaged and inquisitive attitudes to learning.”