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25th Jun, 2022

Solihull students attend the Stretch and Challenge summer school to boost education ambitions

AMBITIOUS students at Solihull Sixth Form College received a boost to their Higher Education ambitions by attending the Stretch and Challenge summer school.

Over 100 of the highest achieving students in Year 12 at the College signed up to additional subject sessions and guest lectures to stretch their learning and challenge their critical thinking.

Many will be applying to Russell Group universities which will require early applications, interviews and admissions tests.

Visitors included Dr Steve Hewitt from the University of Birmingham, who spoke about the history of terrorism, policing and counter terrorism, a biology lecture on microscopy from Dr Mathieu di Miceli from Worcester University, and a criminology and sociology talk on cyber-crime from Matt Phillips at Birmingham City University.

Teachers at the College also delivered subject-specific sessions as part of the Summer School, with students able to book onto workshops across a range of curriculum areas including English, humanities, law, and modern foreign languages.

Deborah Smail-Ross, who organised the summer school, said: “It has been great to get so many visiting speakers onto campus in person.

“I’m grateful to all the brilliant academics who gave up their time to work with our students, delivering fascinating lectures that really got them thinking.

“The students who signed up are aiming for some of the most competitive Higher Education destinations in the country, but this summer school has set them off on the right path and will help them make the best applications they are capable of.”

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