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Year 9 Gifted & Talented Update

The last couple of months have seen lots going on for Year 9 Gifted and Talented students, and indeed other Year 9 involved in out-of-school activities, trips and visits.

In particular, for the 2nd year running now, Yr.9 students were nominated for the Dux Award – a Department of Education and Russell Group of universities project that celebrates success, achievement and academic potential at the highest levels by inviting 2 students (The Dux and The Dux ‘reserve’) to visit one of the country’s top 25 universities. There, they get to experience a taste of university life: a lecture, perhaps lab work, a tour of campus, the opportunity to quiz current students and hear from past students, really getting a feel for life at one of our top academic establishments!

This year our 2 winners were Ruth Fawthrop and Shannon McGann, respectively, and the university was The University of York. We had the chance to sit in on a cognitive psychology lecture, to stroll through the incredibly tranquil grounds of the campus, have lunch in one of the colleges, take a (slightly nippy!) open-top-bus tour of the city, then return for presentations and celebration of their achievements throughout the year.

Another event worth reporting saw our new cohort of Yr.9 students get in on the act early in the year too! Tom Jackson, Tom Hey, Tyler Underwood, Henry Swales, Hannah Storrie and Chloe Moore were chosen to take part in the amazing ‘CBBC Challenge’ – a fantastic opportunity to devise a concept for a new CBBC programme then pitch it to top BBC executives and the deputy leader of Leeds City Council. So no pressure there then! The event was held at Leeds City Museum: teamwork, creativity, organization and presentation skills were the order of the day. Some people had even been online in advance to key some top tips about pitching their concepts successfully – which obviously worked well, as Crawshaw’s concept, an animation called ‘Viking Billy’, was voted runner-up out of 15 very high-quality proposals!

A huge well done and congratulations to all of these students – both in terms of the qualities that took them to these events in the first place and the qualities they showed when they were there. Thank you!

Mr Knight - Achievement Coordinator Year 9