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Blyth pupils given a look at university life

Ronnie Campbell MP with pupils from The Blyth Academy, who are participating in The Scholars Programme.
Ronnie Campbell MP with pupils from The Blyth Academy, who are participating in The Scholars Programme.

An MP has praised pupils taking part in a challenging academic topic that gives them an insight into university learning.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell visited Year 9 and 10 pupils at The Blyth Academy to hear about their progress as part of The Scholars Programme.

The national scheme places PhD researchers into schools to deliver university-style tutorials based on their own research.

As part of the programme, the pupils will also visit two highly selective universities, where they will receive information, advice and guidance about university life and making a successful application.

Mr Campbell said: “It was great to visit The Blyth Academy and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme.

“I was very impressed at how they engage with such a complex and challenging academic topic.”

He added: “It goes to show what young people from Blyth Valley can achieve given the opportunity.

“I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme.”

Rachel Davenport, lead teacher, said: “I was delighted to meet with Ronnie Campbell and show him the work pupils are doing in The Scholars Programme.

“I’m proud of the achievements of our pupils who are participating and am excited to see how their participation inspires their study and university choices.”