Magnus C of E Academy students shine in prestigious Scholars Programme

All 11 students taking part passed with one student attaining a rare 1stclass result

Since January 2021, eleven Year 9 students from Magnus Church of England Academy have been following the ‘Scholars Programme’, a challenging course aimed at giving students a taste of high-quality university tuition.

The course, accessed through The Brilliant Club, is an award-winning university access charity working throughout the UK. All Magnus students taking part worked with a PhD researcher and passed the course, with one student attaining a rare 1st class result.

Magnus as a whole also surpassed the national average of students who gain a 1st or 2:1 in their final assessment, -achieving a praiseworthy 92% when the national average is 70%.

Mr Peyton, is Assistant Principal at Magnus Church of England Academy and he said, “The Scholars programme gave our students the opportunity to experience University style learning through tutorials led by a PhD Graduates. Working with a world class researcher is a rare experience for secondary school students and reflects the Magnus Academy vision of developing young people who achieve excellence.”

Mr Peyton said that students had shown commendable commitment to their work. “Our scholars attended 7 tutorials over 3 months led by an English Literature PhD Graduate. In addition, there were weekly assignments to complete and a final 2000-word assessment essay.

“This was all delivered to replicate University style learning and marked on a degree grading system. Through this study our Scholars have developed their critical thinking and metacognition skills, but most importantly, a new confidence in their ability to overcome challenge. Graduates of the Scholars Programme are twice as likely to progress to highly selective Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.”

Student Jess Mellon (Yr9) gained a 1st class result and said, “I really enjoyed the Scholars Programme, it wasn’t easy, but I worked really hard. I’ve learned lots of useful skills, for example writing a critical argument. Before I started the course, I wasn’t sure about going to university, but the Scholars Programme has made me much more confident.”

Mr Peyton says that Magnus students demonstrated they were equal to the challenge and were a source of pride for the school community. “I am incredibly proud of our graduates; all passed the final assessment with 80% achieving the second highest grade of a 2:1. One student was awarded a first-class honours grade. This was the only student to achieve the highest mark possible across the multiple schools their PhD Tutor worked with!

“This achievement is even more significant due to the effect of the second lockdown. A large part of this programme was delivered remotely, -only through the highest levels of dedication were our scholars able to be so successful. They were supported through the whole programme by Magnus English teacher, Miss Jackson, who went above and beyond to make the programme a success.”

Students who took part were Annie Grattage, Shannon Lambert, Esme Potter, Jess Mellon, Evie Richards, Alan Wilkinson, Rebekah Hough, Mason Shepherd, Libby Howson, Gracie Miller and Masie Hardy.

Year 10 Takeover Day!

It was amazing to have Year 10 shadowing staff yesterday for Takeover Day as part of their work experience. We had students joining the site team, teaching lessons, helping admin staff and some joining the senior leadership team!
Here are what a few of them got up to!
Jasmine F shadowed Mr Semmelroth and was given the chance to find out what a typical day as Head of School at Magnus is like. She assisted him with lining up students for lessons, completed lunch duty and also helped him in a year 9 maths lesson. Mr Semmelroth also set Jasmine the task completing a report and data for intervention which she said she found quite easy but some aspects of the day, such as talking to others about their experiences, was hard. Jasmine said that the job was not at all what she expected it to be but she enjoyed learning about what Mr Semmelroth does.
Charlie A spent the day with Mrs Jagger, Head of English, and took on many tasks throughout the day including helping deliver two year 6 transition lessons. Charlie said he learned that teachers do so much more than just teach – they have to organise a lot, plan , complete break/lunch duty and help students as well.
Mrs Ward-Walters was helped by Wadani T and she gave her lots of jobs to do! She taught Wadani some new Excel skills that she used to create a spreadsheet for year 6 tutor preferences by inputting the data and grouping students by their current friendship groups ready for their first day in September. Wadani also helped with year 6 transition by distributing and collecting registers. She also attended the Primary and Marketing meeting with Mrs Ward-Walters, Miss Phillips and Miss Chick and their year 10 students Amber, Martin and Nia. Mrs Ward-Walters said she didn’t think Wadani knew what to expect going into takeover day as she has such a broad job role with lots of different aspects, but expected Wadani to have found a lot of the work she did quite easy!
Thank you again to Year 10 for their hard work and fantastic behaviour, they really rose to the challenge of taking on roles in school. We hope they enjoyed it as much as the staff did!

Team S.W.A.N win our Year 5 Maths Challenge!

Last week, we held a maths challenge for some year 5 students from local primary schools. Well done to all the schools that took part – the maths team and students that helped were very impressed with their numeracy skills. It was a pleasure to welcome you to Magnus and we hope to invite you back for more challenges in the near future!

Congratulations to Lovers’ Lane Primary School for winning the competition and a big thank you to Clara, their Sixth Form helper!

Breakfast at Home – National Breakfast Programme

The National School Breakfast Programme has launched its breakfast at home area on the Family Action website, where you will find lots of information and advice on providing a low cost, nutritious, daily breakfast at home. Head to their website for tips for a stress free breakfast –