Business team sweeps to victory at annual LEAP Awards

After an exciting year of enterprise, Qualitees Clothing and Aurum Jewellery flew the flag for Ralph Thoresby and ensured they were well-represented on the winner’s role at the 2017 LEAP Awards Final. 

 

The event, held at Woodhouse Grove School, is the culmination of the extensive work that more than 30 business teams from across 16 schools. At a glittering award ceremony, featuring a keynote speech from Jeremy Ambrose of ‘Entrepreneurial Spark’, the 16 awards were presented. 

 

Aurum were recognised with awards for their innovative logo, social media and business report. Qualitees Clothing accepted awards in five categories: 

 

-Best Presentation in the Competition 

-Best Trade Stand 

-Best Media Awareness 

-Best Marketing 

-LEAP Business of the Year 

 

The night began with a networking reception attended by some of the city’s top entrepreneurs and media agencies. Whilst guests were enjoying the entertainment, both of our businesses were busy showing off their impressive work at a special ‘Trade Fayre’. 

 

The main event was the two-hour award show. Qualitees had been selected to present to the large audience as a result of the exceptional performance they had given earlier on in the competition. The powerful talk showed off the enterprise, initiative and organisation skills that students at Ralph Thoresby School are able to develop. 

 

The team, led by Managing Director Beth Bracewell, comprised Katie Wakefield, Lauren Pearson, Dom Wood, Aimee Robinson, Emily Dewhurst and Jess Fisher. In their talk, they discussed impressive financial records, troublesome suppliers and a brand that they have developed a real love for. 

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, noted the impressive achievements of the students. He added, ‘Once again, our students are demonstrating exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. The experience is one that has given our students confidence and helped them to develop skills that every employer searches for. 

 

‘Students at Ralph Thoresby’s innovative Sixth Form can look forward to amazing opportunities like this one as they prepare to take bold steps into exciting futures.’

 

There has been more great news for Ralph Thoresby’s thriving Sixth Form after it was announced that Year 12 students, Jamil Khwarazmi and Kyle Mcenery, beat off stiff competition to secure a place at Oxford University’s prestigious summer school.

 

Many thousands of students apply for just a handful of places on the 36 courses, which run over 5 weeks.

 

Jamil will join around a dozen other talented scientists on the university’s ‘Engineering Science’ week. Last year, more than 70 people applied for each place on this particular course, evidencing the very high level of competition Jamil overcame.

 

Kyle will continue to pursue his interest in medicine by spending time with professors who specialise in oncology. Over 150 students applied for the eight available spaces.

 

During the week, both students will take part in daily lectures. Jamil will prototype and subsequently build a solution to an engineering problem, whilst Kyle will spend time in both the hospital and specialised laboratories alongside the most cutting-edge research. Working with some of the world’s best academics, participants on the programme will find out more about the exceptional opportunities open to Oxford undergraduates.

 

Additionally, the programme will give both students access to both state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and the famous Bodleian ‘print library’.

 

A key aim from the programme is to emulate life at a ‘World Top 5’ university and a varied programme will provide a splendid array of opportunities. As well as an exciting selection of social activities each evening, there will be the chance to take part in a ‘tutorial’ and receive specific feedback on an area of research interest. The week will end with a ‘formal hall’ banquet and a famous Oxford ‘bop’.’

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, is delighted that our students are amongst the only young people in the city to be granted this opportunity. He added, ‘Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form seeks to find fantastic opportunities for all of its students. For both Jamil and Kyle, this will provide such an insight into a very specific Higher Education format.

 

‘We are proud to be supporting our learners in taking bold steps into securing exciting futures. This is just another example of the innovation and commitment to success that lies at the heart of Ralph Thoresby’s Sixth Form’.

You can access the application via: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

Below, you will find a downloadable guide with all the relevant information to ensure this process is made as simple as possible.

The application deadline is 31st May, by which point students must have:

a) Completed their own section

b) Have ensured their parent/carer has completed their application

c) Have returned requested parental documents.

The process can take up to 6 weeks, so starting the application immediately is recommended. Failure to meet this deadline makes it unlikely for students to have access to their loan by the beginning of their studies in September.

Students who apply for finance and who subsequently choose not to go to university will not be penalised.

 The student need not have made a firm decision on their university at this stage, but should use the university and course they are most likely to select as their first choice. This can be altered at a later date.

Students must have access to:

a) A form of ID (Passport is preferred)

b) A bank account number and sort code.

If you have any questions about this process, please do feel free to contact Mr. McGill at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Attachments:
Download this file (UCAS and Student Finance.pdf)UCAS and Student Finance.pdf[ ]209 kB

Three Y12 students have been accepted by the University of York to participate in their prestigious ‘Next Step’ programme, designed to increase awareness of the exceptional degree programmes on offer at Yorkshire’s only remaining collegiate university.

Sophie Clarkson, Rohan Parmar and Ayesha Shaheen have beaten off tough competition to make the final list of students who will travel to York at various points during their Sixth Form studies.

The programme begins with a Y12 conference in March, where students will get to explore the state-of-the-art campuses nestled in North Yorkshire. The day will also help the students to learn about the diverse range of courses on offer to students and to grill students about the wide extra-curricular programme on offer at the modern Russell Group member.

Students are given the unique opportunity to engage in e-Mentoring with a current undergraduate of a subject closely aligned to their interest. Over the course of 18 months, they will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their development needs.

In summer, our successful candidates will participate in one of two all-expenses paid summer schools, where they will take lectures, complete workshops and make the most of the excellent social facilities on campus.

The support continues throughout the UCAS process, with those who wish to apply to the University of York reducing a two grade reduction on all standard offers

 

Our involvement with the programme comes as a result of the extensive engagement with the flagship SHINE Scheme, with which a hundred of our Y7-Y11 students regularly taking part in activities both on-campus and in school. 

Team members in Ralph Thoresby School’s two LEAP Enterprise businesses have been treated to an ‘access all areas’ tour of Leeds Civic Hall by Lord Mayor, Councillor Gerry Harper.

 

The competition, now in its tenth year, sees students develop and build their own small businesses and both Qualitees Clothing and Aurum Jewellery performed exceptionally well in the early part of the competition.

 

At the Christmas Trade Fayre Qualitees, led by Y12 student Beth Bracewell, beat off competition from over thirty other teams and were recognised as ‘Best Business’ at the event. Councillor Harper was on hand to present the award and was so impressed by their efforts that he invited both groups to be his guests at the city’s council headquarters.

 

Mr Harper not only showed students around the council chamber, but explained the historic development of Leeds as a commercial hub and the integral role the city plays in both the regional and national economy. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about how the business landscape has changed and how small businesses like their own can help to shape the future of the city.

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, commented, ‘Ralph Thoresby School seeks to bring citizenship to life and it was a real privilege for our students to learn from the Lord Mayor, who has significant experience in local issues. The visit is provided an opportunity our students won’t forget.’

 

The competition will culminate in a glittering award ceremony in April where the overall annual champion will be announced. Before then, both teams will continue selling their products including at the Valentine’s Trade Fayre on Saturday 4th February (09:00-16:00) at Merrion Centre, Leeds.

 

Three Ralph Thoresby students became amongst the first in the county to be accepted to participate in the innovative ‘Supported Progression’ scheme at Durham University.  

Jamil Khwarazmi (Physics), Una Widger (Music) and Niamh Mitchell (Maths) have beaten off hundreds of competitors to work with top academics at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Their confirmation letters acknowledged that this had been the toughest year in the scheme’s history and hundreds of students had failed to gain a place on this competitive programme.  

The scheme provides the successful applicants the chance to enjoy two all-expenses-paid residential events at the university. All students will have access to a bursary of £250 to allow them to engage with the experience more fully and will receive guidance and support from a dedicated team of undergraduates across the university’s two campuses.  

 

 

 The centrepiece of the trip is a five night summer school at which students will be set a challenging academic assignment. Working alongside top academics, they will use research to present an academic report, present to the faculty and showcase the impressive talents they have developed whilst at Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form.  

Students who pass the rigorous academic appraisal at the summer event will be made a reduced grade offer to the university and will be provided with a bursary worth a staggering £5,500 for each year they spend at Durham. 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, has commented, ‘What stands out about this opportunity is the fact that students will really grasp what a university lifestyle is really like. We expect all students to take the opportunity with two hands and participate in the opportunity fully.  

‘For many students, the cost of moving away from home is a real barrier. Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form’s pastoral team is working tirelessly to ensure every student can truly realise their potential.’ 

It’s more great news for thirteen of Ralph Thoresby’s talented Year 12 students, who have received confirmation that they have been selected for the prestigious ‘Realising Opportunities’ programme. 

 

The national scheme, now in its seventh year, provides a handful of students from across the country to engage with 15 of the best UK universities, including Manchester, Bristol, UCL and King’s College London. 

 

The students will be guided through the rigorous academic programme by an e-mentor (a current undergraduate student) and will be assigned a professor at Leeds University, who will support them in completing a formal assignment on a topic that interests them for their future studies. Students will also gain an insight into key university skills, including Harvard referencing and the use of electronic journals. 

 

As part of the programme, students will attend a national launch event at the University of Leeds. Additionally, they will all have the chance to attend an all-expenses paid summer school at one of the 15 universities. 

 

Each of the 15 universities contribute financially and this enables students to receive free travel to attend any of the 400 planned events at the participating institutions over the next two years. These will focus on all of the subject choices as well as an extensive personal skill and development programme. 

 

Most importantly, every student will receive a guaranteed 2 grade reduction for UCAS applications to any of the participating Higher Education providers. 

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, comments, ‘This is another fantastic opportunity for Sixth Formers at Ralph Thoresby. Whilst this is the first time we have participated, it’s exciting to be forging even better relationships with the best universities across the country. 

 

‘Ralph Thoresby staff are working hard to give every student the opportunities to excel both now and in their futures. Realising Opportunities will help our young people to strive for even better academic outcomes.’

Year 12 students, Beth Bracewell, Aurora Braka and Kyle Mcenery, have taken their first steps to a career in medicine after being offered a place on the prestigious SOAMS programme. 

 

Run by Sheffield University, this outreach programme offers just a handful of Post-16 students from across Yorkshire the chance to gain a unique insight into a career in medicine. Of the many hundreds of students who applied, the students stood out at interview, where they were asked to share views on ethical issues such as euthanasia, evidence a high level of subject knowledge and demonstrate skills in empathy and communication. 

 

The two year scheme will allow the students to be mentored by a current undergraduate, attend conferences and workshops on science subjects and soft skills, complete a 5 day residential with clinical practice in a Sheffield hospital and spend time at an outward bound centre to boost confidence and skills in leadership. 

 

The centrepiece of this unique programme is that the students will be offered a guaranteed interview at the University, with the potential of being offered a place on the popular medicine degree. 

 

Being accepted onto this hugely competitive scheme is testament to the students’ impressive work ethic and commitment to future studies. 

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, adds. ‘Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form is renowned for its commitment to finding outstanding opportunities for its learners. We work with numerous universities and the Sutton Trust to ensure every learner has a balance of outstanding grades and experiences that make them stand out in the UCAS process. 

 

‘I have no doubt that all of the students will gain enormously from SOAMS and will take these skills into future studies.’

There has never been a more relevant time to analyse the United Kingdom’s role in Europe. With daily news coverage about the development of the UK’s departure from Europe, students from Ralph Thoresby School and Lawnswood School’s Sixth Form Partnership were able to question one of Yorkshire’s representatives in Europe on the issues that matter to young people.

As the centrepiece to the four day visit to Belgium, students asked Richard Corbett MEP about his views on the impact of Brexit for young people, the ‘Value for Money’ that Europe offers, whether the British government will secure trade deals with Europe following it leaving the EU.

A political aide at the parliament provided an insight into the day-to-day workings of the European parliament and the improvements it has helped to create for citizens across the continent. The visit ended with an ‘access all areas’ tour of the parliament, including a visit to one of the committee meetings, which sees representatives working together.

The 40 students have also been gaining an understanding of globalised marketing techniques in a visit to Coca Cola’s European HQ in Antwerp, where they saw the development of the world’s most valuable brand throughout the last century.

Says Stewart McGill, the trip organiser, 'It is without doubt that the learning undertaken from both an economic and business perspective will help to enhance the application of knowledge in formal assessments. However, the visit has achieved much more and all students have evidenced their ability to hold our political leaders to account and challenge them appropriately on the matters that affect their futures. To be amongst the tiny number of people who are granted access to the parliament is just one example of the many incredible opportunities the RTS and Lawnswood Sixth From Partnership can provide our students.

However, the trip has not all been hard work and has given students the chance to develop a cultural understanding of Belgium with a visit to a world-famous artisan chocolatier and the famous city of Bruges. Ice skating in Bruges proved to be a great way to spend an afternoon after first climbing to the top of the belfy tower to enjoy spectacular views of the picturesque town. Staff and students alike marvelled at the rock memorabilia at the much-loved Hard Rock cafe at a special celebratory meal!

Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form student, Nida Naqvi, has had reason to celebrate this term following her successful application to the Sutton Trust’s ‘U.S. Programme’.

The scheme, now in its fifth year, provides the opportunity for 150 students from across the country to learn more about Higher Education in exceptional American colleges.

The centrepiece of the visit is a weeklong summer school at Yale, where Nida will work with talented peers to learn more about the cultural and academic benefit of international studies.

Competition for the programme is fierce, with students expected to achieve a minimum of 8 A* Grades at GCSE to be permitted to apply. From the 1,200 high-calibre applications, Nida was shortlisted to participate in a recent ‘Finalist Selection Event’, where her scientific and creative talents stood out to the selection panel.

The UK based Sutton Trust works collaboratively with the American Fulbright Commission to provide a yearlong scheme, which could culminate in Nida being able to pursue her ambition of achieving her degree in America. In addition to the summer school, Nida will gain an insight into the college testing systems and work with current and former students to develop skills desirable to applications.

 

Nida is understandably very excited by the opportunity, adding

‘I have had many opportunities presented to me whilst being in Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form. There's a lot of focus on higher education, and this has really helped me in taking the next steps for my future.

‘Next year, I hope to go to university in the U.S, in order to broaden my horizons and experience a whole new culture. Thanks to this opportunity, I now have the chance to do so.’ 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, commented,

‘Ralph Thoresby School works hard to provide exceptional opportunities for students to pursue their academic ambitions at the highest level.

 

‘Every student can access many exceptional UK and international opportunities which truly prepares them for an inter-connected global economy. Whether students wish to pursue Oxbridge ambitions or study in FT Global 100 colleges, committed Ralph Thoresby staff will help to guide the way.’ 

 

New and existing Sixth Form students are being offered Ralph Thoresby’s best ever package of academic support and extra-curricular opportunities. The last year alone saw residential Geography field trips and a week-long study programme at the National Student Drama Festival.

 

Pleasingly, fifty students spent a week in New York City and over 30 students enjoyed one of many residential summer schools we have promoted at our school.

 

2016 is already set to be a busy year for these enriching educational visits. This week, we launched two trips to incoming Year 12 (Current Y11) students as well as next year’s Year 13 cohort. Applications are open and welcomed from students who will be studying at our exceptional sixth form.

 

‘Get set for Sixth Form’ London Trip

Dates: 11th-13th July

Total Cost: £210

Activities: As well as enjoying an exclusive visit to the London School of Economics, students will get to grips with the working of the political system with a specially arranged stop at the UK Houses of Parliament.

 

It won’t be all hard work though. We will be taking in a show in the glittering West End, getting the best views of London on the London Eye and learning more about our iconic capital with a special ‘Duck Tour’. Students will be able to impress their friends with the billions of facts they will learn at ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’.

 

Students won’t go hungry either. We will be enjoying a delicious picnic in Hyde Park as well as stopping off at Hard Rock Café and the Rainforest Café, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your new peers.

 

‘Get set for Sixth Form’ London Trip

Dates: 27th-30th November

Total Cost: £220

Activities: Thanks to significant and generous funding from the European Parliament, our students will enjoy an all-inclusive package of educational and cultural excursions.

 

Learning about the workings of the European Parliament will be made possible as a result of a special presentation, when our students will be the guests of Richard Corbett MEP at the Parliament Headquarters. Equally important will be our visit to Coca-Cola’s European HQ, where we will learn about the giant’s global marketing strategy. An artisan chocolatier will explain how great business can be done on a comparably smaller scale, making this trip particularly beneficial for those studying A-Level Economics and BTEC Business.

 

Again, there is plenty of fun to be had too. We will visit ‘Mini Europe’ for pictures alongside some of Europe’s most famous monuments. There will be plenty of shopping time at the Bruges Christmas market, where we will also visit the ice sculpture festival, get great views from the Belfry tower and even go ice skating in the beautiful town square.

 

What next? Download a letter or contact Mr McGill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details.

Please contact Mr McGill to discuss financial support that may be available for your child.

Attachments:
Download this file (Brussels E1.doc)Brussels E1.doc[ ]105 kB
Download this file (Brussels Letter (2).docx)Brussels Letter (2).docx[ ]295 kB
Download this file (London E1.doc)London E1.doc[ ]105 kB
Download this file (London Letter.docx)London Letter.docx[ ]253 kB

It’s more great news for thirteen of Ralph Thoresby’s talented Year 12 students, who have received confirmation that they have been selected for the prestigious ‘Realising Opportunities’ programme.

The national scheme, now in its seventh year, provides a handful of students from across the country to engage with 15 of the best UK universities, including Manchester, Bristol, UCL and King’s College London.

The students will be guided through the rigorous academic programme by an e-mentor (a current undergraduate student) and will be assigned a professor at Leeds University, who will support them in completing a formal assignment on a topic that interests them for their future studies.  Students will also gain an insight into key university skills, including Harvard referencing and the use of electronic journals.

As part of the programme, students will attend a national launch event at Sheffield University. Additionally, they will all have the chance to attend an all-expenses paid summer school at one of the 15 universities.

Each of the 15 universities contribute financially and this enables students to receive free travel to attend any of the 400 planned events at the participating institutions over the next two years. These will focus on all of the subject choices as well as an extensive personal skill and development programme.

Most importantly, every student will receive a guaranteed 2 grade reduction for UCAS applications to any of the participating Higher Education providers.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, comments, ‘This is another fantastic opportunity for Sixth Formers at Ralph Thoresby. Whilst this is the first time we have participated, it’s exciting to be forging even better relationships with the best universities across the country.

  1.  ‘Ralph Thoresby staff are working hard to give every student the opportunities to excel both now and in their futures. Realising Opportunities will help our young people to strive for even better academic outcomes.’

 

Year 12 student, Nida Naqvi, has made an enviable start to her career in law after being selected to be Ralph Thoresby’s participant on Sutton Trust’s ‘Pathways to Law Programme’. 

 

The one year programme gives just 120 students from across the country unique exposure to the competitive legal industry from both an academic and commercial perspective. 

 

Nida is receiving intensive support from a current undergraduate, who acts as her e-mentor and who provides guidance on steps she must take to secure a place on an undergraduate degree at a top law school. Nida has already attended a series of academic sessions at Leeds University and enjoyed an access-all-areas tour of the Supreme Court in London. 

 

Before the end of her Y12 studies, Nida will also shadow a barrister, meet a judge at Leeds’ Crown court and take part in legal debates back at the university. The highlight of the programme is that Nida will complete a 5 day work experience at one of the city’s top practices, where she will draw on skills she has developed throughout the rest of the programme. 

 

In the Sutton Trust’s annual report, the success of the programme is outlined. From the 2013 cohort, more than 70% of students went on to study law at a Russell Group university and it is estimated a student is three times more likely to gain a place at a top law school after completing the programme. 

 

Stewart McGill, Assistant Headteacher, has commented ‘Nida has significant talent which she will bring to her university application, however, this programme is powerful in helping her to stand out as someone who is truly committed to the hard work this degree demands. It places her in good stead to secure positions on ‘Vacation Schemes’ with law firms in her first and second years at university. This is yet another example of the links we are building with the most prestigious Post-16 schemes in the country.’

It’s been a year of highs for Ralph Thoresby’s talented Sixth Form students, which is culminating in almost a half of the year group participating in residential ‘Summer Schools’.

Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Exeter, King’s College London and Sheffield will play host to our ambitious Upper Sixth. 

However, it was the University of Bristol that hosted the first of this season of residential events, which are designed to explain the UCAS process and give participants a unique insight into the course in which they are most interested. Aspiring medic, Shoaib Hussain, was one of just 20 students selected from 1,200 applicants for their medicine/dentistry strand.

Shoaib maintained a diary of his time on the programme, which he shares in this article.

Studying medicine at Bristol

 

Our first day was spent in labs and we learnt about physiology, cardiology and neuroscience. We tested drugs on pond fleas to see whether it affected their heart rate and other body functions. We did various things to change our heart rate such as going on an exercise bike and putting our heads underwater! We then had access to a lifelike dummy with pulse, dilating pupils and it could breathe! We gave it diseases via the computer to see how this changed its physiological state. This technology has been introduced in the last year and is used exclusively by first year medics.

The second day was also spent in labs. Today we tested blood and urine samples to see if the patient was diabetic! It was a long and very challenging practical, which made it extremely interesting and enjoyable so the time flew by! Another student and I thrashed all the other summer school students from around the UK in the ‘diabetes quiz’ at the end and won a box of chocolates! All of the lab sessions were adapted from the actual medicine lab sessions which I liked because it was challenging but to the extent where it was still extremely interesting! Later we went on an open bus tour around Bristol! I could easily see myself studying here for six years.

On the third day we went to a local hospital and talked to junior doctors and a consultant. They gave us an incredible insight into how you reached a consultant/GP position and answered all of our questions about their career progression. The consultant interviewed a psychiatry patient in front of us so we knew how it was done and we were able to listen to her symptoms and ask her questions. There was free time in the afternoon and the activity I had selected was ‘Ultimate Frisbee’. Our team won both games. In the evening we had karaoke and I was on the mic 4 times! The crowd loved the ‘medic squad’s’ many performances.

On the fourth day, we received training for interview from an Oxford graduate. The advice he gave us was second to none and he really grilled the medical students that mentored us in front of us to show us how hard it can be. He told us exactly what was asked last year, what they should ask us and what he looks for when interviewing candidates. We then did it ourselves in front of the medic/dentistry group which was challenging but so helpful. Later, we practiced suturing on a banana as this was commonly used as one of the MMI station to test both manual dexterity and the ability to carefully follow instructions. The second station was ‘CPR practice’ which was amazing but very hard work.

On the last day we had the chance to complete our personal statement and got taught how to cut it down and what proportion of academic to extra-curricular information is required in it. We said our goodbyes after that and it was very emotional since I bonded so well with people on my stream but a few other people as well!  It is without doubt that this has been one of the most useful experiences of my time in Sixth Form, and one that was made possible by studying at Ralph Thoresby School. 

For Parents

Parents of students currently in Y11 who have received a conditional offer to attend Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form and all parents of current Y12 students are warmly invited to attend a parents’ information evening on Tuesday 30th June. The event will run from 18:00-20:00.

Important areas of discussion will include:

-Opportunities for students at RTS

-The UCAS process

-Thinking about Student Finance

For students

All students currently in Y11 who have a received a conditional offer to attend Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form should plan to attend during the school week commencing Monday 29th June.

All students may wear clothes in line with the Sixth Form dress code.

Students should bring writing equipment, filing paper and be prepared to attend lessons.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Stewart McGill in school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

sutton trust

Constantly striving to provide the very best experiences for students at Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form, we are delighted to have deepened our relationship with the famous ‘Sutton Trust Programme’. In this our third year working with the organisation, we are pleased to be sending more students than ever before to experience life at top-class universities.

Each year, Sutton Trust provides over 1,000 outstanding Y12 students with the opportunity to reside in student accommodation and work with some of the best academics on a course that interests them. Competition is high, with an average of 12 students applying for each place.

The benefits of the programme are well noted, with around 90% of those participating applying to (and subsequently studying at) a ‘research intensive’ University.

Whilst each course reflects the academic nature of the subject in which the student has the greatest interest, all participants will receive intensive support in developing their UCAS personal statement, working with employers in appropriate fields, networking with other academically gifted students and the chance to participate in tutorials.

For the first time ever, Shoaib Hussain has secured one of just fifteen places on Bristol’s Medicine Summer School. Each day, Shoaib will have a unique opportunity to participate in ward rounds in the city’s general hospital and will even have the chance to sit in the operating theatre’s gallery to observe the hospital’s surgeons at work.

Participating in the programme will provide him a guaranteed interview at the university and those who perform particularly well will also be given an offer at the end of the week of study.

Meanwhile, Jonny Lee will be heading off to Cambridge University’s Churchill College, where he will be enjoying a week working with future architects. The 10 students accepted to the course will be set a project and will use the university’s impressive resources to design a building of the future.

Working with both current students and professors at Cambridge, Jonny will put to good use the outstanding maths, physics, technology and art skills he has developed at Ralph Thoresby. What’s more, there will even be time for Jonny to turn his hand to rowing and spend an afternoon leisurely punting on the Cam.

Sam Greig will be enjoying the city lights in London’s prestigious King’s College. Here, Sam will spend the week reading Politics, Philosophy and Law. There will be a huge number of opportunities to explore the capital, take in a West End show and enjoy working with current students.

Students at Ralph Thoresby receive exceptional support in putting together an application. As Associate Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, put it, ‘Ralph Thresby finds ways to stretch and enrich our students at every stage of their studies.

‘To see so many of our talented Sixth Formers aspiring to the very best universities is heartening and shows the magnificent opportunities open to those in our care.’