Wallace students go off to sample life at a top university

Wallace High School Principal, Mrs Deborah O'Hare and Mr Michael lowry pictured with the eight students who have been awarded places on residential programmes organised by Villiers Park.
Wallace High School Principal, Mrs Deborah O'Hare and Mr Michael lowry pictured with the eight students who have been awarded places on residential programmes organised by Villiers Park.

Nine Year 13 students at Wallace High School have been awarded places on residential programmes to help prepare them for life at a leading university.

Demand for courses has become higher every year and Wallace can feel proud of its tradition of winning places annually.

Wallace High School Year 13 students Thomas Storey and Kathryn Yeow who have been successful in being awarded places at the UNIQ summer school pictured with Principal Deborah O'Hare and Michael Lowry (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator).

Wallace High School Year 13 students Thomas Storey and Kathryn Yeow who have been successful in being awarded places at the UNIQ summer school pictured with Principal Deborah O'Hare and Michael Lowry (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator).

The courses are specifically designed to encourage and challenge students at AS level who are considering applying for the top universities in the UK. Previous attendees from Wallace have found the experience invaluable in helping them secure and prepare for interviews for Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities.

To date, eight students have been awarded places on residential programmes organised by Villiers Park. Villiers Park is an educational trust which aims to help able young people to develop a passion for learning and the study and life skills to ensure they reach their full academic potential.

Villiers Park is committed to ensuring that gifted and talented students from a range of backgrounds gain places at leading universities and thrive once there.

Villiers Park has grown from its roots as Eton Manor Boys’ Club which was designed to provide opportunities for young boys growing up in inner city London.

Wallace High School teachers Heather Gracey (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Michael Lowry (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator).

Wallace High School teachers Heather Gracey (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Michael Lowry (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator).

Participating students receive tuition from Oxbridge academics whilst enjoying debate and discussion with other academically gifted students, giving the young people a genuine opportunity to bond with others.

The Villiers Park residential courses cover a range of subject areas with engaging themes such as Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice and Mathematics: Chaos or Clear Cut?

As well as the course on offer at Villiers Park, Year 13 students are encouraged to apply for places on the summer schools run by Sutton Trust which take place at leading universities throughout the UK in a range of subject areas.

Oxford University also hosts its own summer school each year, called UNIQ. As with Villiers Park, demand for places on these courses is high and Wallace has a strong tradition of students winning places on these courses.

This year, two students from Year 13 have been successful in being awarded places at the UNIQ summer school. Thomas Storey and Kathryn Yeow will attend Oxford University for a week during the summer holiday to experience lectures, tutorials and receive guidance on applying to this world leading university.

The Wallace High School places a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils. Miss Heather Gracey the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Mr Michael Lowry, the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, are working with pupils and staff to ensure that those who have a particular academic gift or a talent that reaches beyond the classroom are given the best opportunity to meet their potential.

The quality of standards and attainment throughout the school was highlighted in January when the verdict of the inspectors was that “Standards and achievements are outstanding” within the school.