A number of teenagers from Barry have celebrated the completion of a university-style programme of academic tutorials and visits which will boost their scientific skills.

Giving children a chance

The year 10 pupils at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School took part in The Scholars Programme, part-sponsored by Specsavers and run by The Brilliant Club, a charity giving primary and secondary school children from underrepresented backgrounds the chance to experience higher education by placing university researchers in their schools.

Throughout the autumn term, pupils participated in a series of tutorials with Dr Manuela Kouakou, a PhD student at Cardiff University. The programme culminated with them writing a 2,000-word essay on the subject of schizophrenia, which was marked in a university style before they attended a graduation ceremony in Cardiff.

‘Encourage the next generation’

Jamie Pullen, store director of Specsavers in Barry, part-funded the delivery of The Scholars Programme for the group of Year 10 pupils.

He says: ‘I’m always keen to encourage young people with their careers, so when this opportunity presented itself in my community, I had to get involved.

‘It was great to be able to support such an intelligent group of 14 and 15-year-olds, who already look like they have a positive future ahead of them. I look forward to continued close involvement with the school to encourage the next generation of bright minds in Barry.’

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