Year 13 students have had a busy week celebrating their achievements over the summer.
A group of 7 sixth formers successfully completed a Nuffield Placement over the summer. These were research placements across universities and museums in South Wales, where students actively participated in research projects by conducting experiments and analysing results. Projects included the impact of sleep on the brain and biomedical research. The students created scientific posters to summarise their findings and presented these at an event in Cardiff last week. The audience included Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Martin Evans, who met each of the students and discussed their research with them. The placements were a demanding experience, as the students worked full time over a month to complete them but all agreed the placements were worthwhile and a valuable asset to their university applications.
Another group of Year 13 students participated in the Step up to Swansea scheme. This scheme supports students in their university aspirations with a range of activities including study skills workshops, student finance support and a residential summer school based at Swansea Uni. A large number of BVS students took part and their achievements were also celebrated last week with an event at the Great Hall in Swansea University's Bay campus. BVS students received certificates of achievement and several also won awards, including an award for highest academic achievement on the summer school and best group project.
Both the celebration evenings were a wonderful opportunity to showcase the achievements and commitments of our sixth form students and were enjoyed by all the students and staff who attended.
Both these schemes will be available to current Year 12 students - Miss Siddika has further details.