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.’