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.’