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The University of Cambridge Sutton Scholars project is focused on raising the aspirations of high achieving Year 9 and Year 10 students from selected state schools in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth. Currently, the University of Cambridge has enrolled over 200 students from eleven schools in the Norfolk region and has been running since 2014. The programme is delivered by the University of Cambridge with funding from the Sutton Trust.

Year 9 Programme

The University of Cambridge Year 9 Sutton Scholars programme consists of an introductory event where students, parents and carers explore HE options, and an 'Explore Cambridge Day' where students get to experience taster sessions and tour of a Cambridge College. During the Year 9 programme, students also get the chance to visit another university participating in the Sutton Scholars programme.

Year 10 Programme

In Year 10, the programme takes a more academic focus and students will be undertaking an inter-disciplinary research project before carrying out research into a topic of their choice. Themes in previous years have included, ‘Representing Authority’ and ‘Visual Representations in the Media’. Year 10 students also have the opportunity to come and stay over at a Cambridge College during a two-night residential event where they will work on their academic projects and experience life as a Cambridge student. A presentation evening where students present their findings through an academic poster occurs at the end of the year.

Eligibility Criteria

All participants MUST be attending one of the state schools listed below and meet certain academic and demographic eligibility criteria. The schools we currently work with are:

Great Yarmouth Cohort:

  • Caister Academy
  • Cliff Park Ormiston Academy
  • Flegg High School
  • Great Yarmouth VA High School
  • Lynn Grove Academy
  • Ormiston Venture Academy

King’s Lynn Cohort:

  • Downham Market Academy
  • King Edward VII Academy
  • King’s Lynn Academy
  • Marshland High School
  • Smithdon High School

Feedback from participants

“A great experience of living uni life!”

“I know have a clear idea of what it’s like to live as a student”

“I came away with skills and new friends”

“It has been challenging but fun”

“I have really enjoyed being part of this programme.  I have loved meeting new people, having independence and spending time with friends”

“It was a good chance to experience working on a proper academic project and practice research skills”

“I feel more confident about what university is like”

Contact Sutton Scholars

Sutton Scholars Project Coordinator
T 01223 333315

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