High flyers attend Cambridge masterclasses

STUDENTS from Priestley College are attending Cambridge masterclasses to help encourage them to reach their potential.

A group of 21 high fliers will be attending the seminars that will cover everything from literature to ideology and human rights.

“It is a great way for them to make new friends, but it also helps them to see the bigger picture and realise they are competing for university places and employment with young people from all over the country,” said Senior Tutor Mark Salmon.

“They need to understand that so they are not just aiming for the grade they are capable of, but instead are working towards the highest grade possible.”

The 21 students are members of Priestley’s prestigious and unique Graduate programme, which is designed to help high flyers to secure places at Russell Group universities. The Graduate is a developing programme at Priestley with lessons twice a week.

During a recent talk by Cambridge admissions tutor Kirsten Dickers the students were given advice on making personal statements and university applications.

In March they will head to Cambridge University – with students from Winstanley College – for their next masterclass and will receive further guidance during their time at Priestley College.

“It shows they are capable of doing this kind of work and the best way for them to learn this is by doing it,” said Mark.

“It takes them out of their comfort zone, but it is a great opportunity for them to stretch and challenge themselves.”

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