Stretch & Challenge Sessions

Solihull Sixth Form College’s Stretch and Challenge Summer School has taken place this week with an exciting programme of online and in-person events aimed to stretch some of our most high achieving students.

The event ran from Tuesday 15 – Friday 25 June and involved both College staff and visiting speakers. The event kicked off with a guest lecture from Dr Steve Hewitt at the University of Birmingham, who talked about ‘Terrorising History: The Long History of Terrorism’.

For students interested in Medicine, a problem-based learning session with Andrew Morris from Keele University took place, while Chemistry students heard from Dr Heather Rose, who works at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Team (part of the University of Birmingham). For students thinking about taking on the challenge of an Oxbridge application, Lucinda Rumsey MBE, Senior Proctor at the University of Oxford was also part of the programme, talking about what it’s like to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Staff identified students they believed would benefit most from the programme to offer these additional opportunities to them. There were a range of activities planned, covering a variety of subject areas including Psychology, Business, Criminology, Maths, English, Biology, Law, Engineering, Visual Arts (pictured), Modern Languages, Chemistry, Geography, History, Computer Science, Media Studies and many more.

Additional sessions included a Personal Statement Challenge to get those students planning on applying for competitive university courses to get started on their applications. Former students were on hand to talk about how they went about writing their personal statement and to offer tips.

“I’m grateful to all the teachers and our wonderful visiting speakers, who gave up their time to run these sessions. Engagement from the students was excellent and I’m confident we have given these outstanding students a great platform to move forward with ambitious applications to some of the top universities in the country and for many of the most competitive courses. These sessions have also provided an excellent grounding for further independent study, which will help students attain the higher grades in their studies with us.”

Deborah Smail-Ross, a Modern Languages teacher and the organiser of the event

25 June 2021