University graduation for brilliant Year 7 students

University graduation for brilliant Year 7 students

A group of 12 Year 7 students from the Wey Valley School in Weymouth concluded their Brilliant Club graduation at Exeter University.   The group who had also visited Bristol University earlier this year have a series of University led tutor workshops on Literary Theory, culminating in a 1,500 dissertation and a graduation day at Exeter University.


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 graduation day, which included 6 other schools from the South West, involved academic studies on ‘Medieval Monsters’ with Doctor Claire Harrill, a question and answer session, a tour of the University campus and the formal graduation in one of the University’s lecture halls in the company of parents, carers and staff.

Mr Steve Dyer, Assistant Principal at the Wey Valley School congratulated all of the students on their achievements, ‘The year 7 students have been excellent throughout the tutor sessions and the visits to universities have provided a useful insight into University life and the opportunities and great facilities and courses available after Secondary school’.

Isaac Martin and Taksh Patel were two of the Year 7 students who graduated.  Isaac said, ‘It has been a great course and opportunity to study with a University tutor and complete the work; before the Brilliant Club I was thinking about University and this experience has confirmed my ambitions’.   Taksh also praised the Brilliant Club programme, adding, ‘The University tours have been great with great support from the tutors. I would thoroughly recommend the Brilliant Club to anyone thinking about University courses.’


Mr Dyer added, ‘The students have embraced the challenge of the dissertation with flying colours and all were rewarded today with their certificates.  I would also like to thank the many parents who came to Exeter University to share in the graduation celebrations.’

Mr Dyer also added, ‘With the success and positive feedback from the Year 7 group , we are very keen to broaden these opportunities for more students next year and possibly extend the experience to other year groups.’ This academic year The Wey Valley School fully funded the project for the students as a way to provide access to an experience of study at the top universities in the UK – by financially backing this type of programme it reinforces the high academic aspirations the school has for all of its pupils.