Fifteen Newham school students participated in Wadham’s academic enrichment programme (the Wad-HAM Humanities and Social Sciences Programme) preparing the students for tackling their A-Levels, revision and exams and giving them a taste of what university life might be like.
During their stay students attended workshops on essay writing, critical thinking and methods of maximising their learning and revision methods. Students also prepared and delivered their own ten minute presentations on subjects of their choice ranging from the ethics of using human DNA in scientific research to the life and teachings of the Buddha. Wadham College Access and Outreach Officer Emily Cannon was also on hand to answer questions and gave a talk on applying to top universities.
This sustained academic enrichment programme has targeted Year 12 pupils (aged 17) selected according to academic criteria, from all Newham schools and sixth-form providers. Students attend a series of eight seminars on various Humanities and Social Sciences subjects ranging from Art History to Politics over the course of the year. The students also write two essays for which they receive detailed feedback and advice on how to improve their essay-writing skills and attend talks on personal statement writing and making UCAS applications.
Access and Outreach Assistant and programme organiser Emma Searle commented: “By working with students over the course of Year 12, the Wad-HAM Programmes aim to raise aspiration and attainment. We support the students as they study for their A-Levels and make their applications to university in the autumn and help them to feel confident and well-informed about the options available to them. We particularly want to show them the wide range of subject options available at university, some of which they might not have come across before.”
Students from four Newham schools and colleges are currently involved in the Programme, NewVIc, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, Chobham Academy and
Brampton Manor Academy Sixth Form.
Seventeen year-old Ellie from Chobham commented: “Thanks for everything! The programme’s been absolutely amazing and I’m so thankful for the opportunity!”