Brilliant Burnt Mill teenagers graduate from Cambridge University project.

Brilliant Burnt Mill Academy teenagers have graduated from a Cambridge University project.

A GROUP of 12 Year 9 students from Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, were selected to take part in the Brilliant Club.

The university access charity’s mission is to increase the number of young people from under-represented backgrounds attending highly selective universities.

Having completed a research project with a PHD tutor, which was given a university style grading, students attended a graduation ceremony at the university.

Five students achieved a first in their assignments.

Assistant headteacher Erkan Ustura, Brilliant Club lead, said: “All of our students did fantastically well.

“The course aims to develop critical-thing, problem-solving and improve ethical reasoning skills. Students were asked to critically review scientific literature, present scientific posters and take part in active debates surrounding case studies, just as a researcher would.

“Students then completed a final assignment of 2,000 words, entitled Future of Genomic Technologies. Every one of the Year 9s tackled their final assignment with determination and all passed with at least a 2:1 or 2:2 grade.

“It is hoped this experience will spur them on to applying to highly selective universities – like Cambridge – in future.”

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