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year-10-scholars-16-5A group of year 10 students have travelled to Lancaster University to reflect on their future, meet new friends and learn about success. Rhys Mott, Ajrah Ahmed, Somya Arshad, Bailey Thompson-Western, Charlie Barker, Connor Townsley and Jack Pilkington have been selected to be part of the Villiers Scholar Programme.

“I really enjoyed looking around the University.” Jack Pilkington


Over the next four years the Scholar Programme will aim to help our students achieve the confidence, key skills and examination results needed to gain access to a top university, to thrive once there and to embark on a successful career.

“Our favourite part of the day was seeing the university library and learning about the opportunities that Lancaster University have to offer.” Charlie Barker and Ajrah Ahmed


year-10-scholars-16-3The scholars spent the morning being introduced to the programme team and meeting other selected students from schools in East Lancashire. After lunch they met with their new mentor, who will meet with them regularly and help guide them through the process. Then before boarding the coach to come home they took part in a team challenge that enabled them to demonstrate the five ingredients for success: self-confidence, resilience, effort, creativity and curiosity.

“It was a great opportunity to think about my future and it has helped me decide the right path in life. The best part of the day was the group challenge.” Rhys Mott