Annabelle Detain, studying English Literature, Spanish and Psychology at Strode’s, has just won a scholarship at Reading University.
The Reading Scholars programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate and to provide practical support as participants begin their higher education application process. Featuring input from leading academics, current undergraduate e-mentors and university alumni, the programme aims to challenge participants academically and enhance their current studies.
The programme takes place at the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus, and students participate in four events throughout the academic year 2015 - 16. These will include master classes led by academics in their subject of choice, a Student Experience Day in February, a study skills session and finally a two day summer school. Students who successfully take part in the Scholars programme and who go on to apply for an undergraduate course at Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer.
Annabelle was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by the English department at Strode’s. Annabelle sent off her application form together with her personal statement and references and a few weeks later Annabelle received a confirmation email saying she had been offered a place on the programme. Prior to joining Strode’s College Annabelle attended The Magna Carta School.
Annabelle commented, “Experiencing real university life is a brilliant opportunity and it was a lot more fun and light-hearted than I expected. Everyone there was lovely and it encouraged me to have the confidence to think about leaving home after college and exploring my options.”
Well done Annabelle!