Top students earmarked as leaders of the future
ONE hundred students are being groomed as the Leaders of the Future as part of a new programme for gifted and talented teenagers.
Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College is introducing the scheme to help young people aim for top universities and careers.
It will include offering them extra support and a wide range of other activities to nurture their skills and aspirations during their time at college.
The programme has been designed by college official Geoff Willis, who is a former Oxford University student himself.
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He said: "Often in education, the focus is only on those pupils who are struggling.
"We've always had a very successful able and talented programme at the college but the difference with the Leaders of the Future programme is that it will be much more focused.
"The idea is to target the top 100 most able students in the college and ensure teachers and curriculum managers are given more contact time with them and that there are strategies in place to give them projects and extension activities."
Mr Willis already has experience in helping students navigate admissions tests for top universities, including exams which applicants are required to sit to get onto hotly-contested medicine and veterinary science degree courses.
He added: "I am firmly committed to academic success and excellence as I believe the advantages education can bring should be made available to everyone.
"I see the transformation in students when they come back here having been away to Oxford, Cambridge or a Russell Group university – their world has been opened up."
More than 40 students from the college have moved on to Russell Group universities this year, which are the 20 leading higher education institutions in the UK.