Brilliant club returns at Exeter University

Brilliant club returns at Exeter University

Year 9 students from the Wey Valley School in Weymouth visited Exeter University, one of the leading universities in the country for the start of their induction and lectures towards the Brilliant Club.


The Brilliant Club is an award-winning, independently-evaluated charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds that progress to highly-selective universities. The Brilliant Club achieve this by mobilising the PhD community to share its expertise with state schools.  The Year 9 group follow the successful completion and graduation of Year 7 students last summer at Exeter University and the University of the West of England in Bristol.

The launch trip included the academic tutorials with a PhD tutor, an independent advice and guidance sessions, a guided tour of the University campus and study skill sessions, to explore wider academic careers. 

Mr Stephen Richards, Head of Humanities, trip lead praised the student group on their university day and journey towards their dissertation; ‘it has been an excellent day with some great lecture and study skill programmes.  The students found the tour really useful with University students with a real insight into University life and the fantastic facilities and resources available’. 

Mr Richards added, ‘the University lecturer will visit students at Wey Valley for a number of small group work sessions and to develop their dissertations and theories on a History and Religious Education based programme. This cross curricular project will also serve the students well with their GCSE Humanities courses’.

Mr Richards also thanked Miss Claridge, Head of Year 7 for organising the trip including the pre-trip assessment.

Archie Myatt, a Year 9 student said, ‘the launch day has been great with some really interesting lectures, we now have homework and additional studies before our lecturer visits us over the coming weeks’.

Following the small group sessions at Wey Valley, students will return to a leading University later in the year to receive further study sessions and their graduation ceremony to acknowledge the successful completion of their project.