Gifted and talented first year students at Cronton Sixth Form College are starting 2022 with a bang as they begin the University of Cambridge STEM SMART programme. The prestigious programme aims to raise their attainment and confidence to help them to apply to some of the top universities and highly competitive degrees later in the year.
Caitlyn Foster, previously from St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Cai Jones from Wade Deacon High School, Bethany Robertson from St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School, and Nicholas Smith, previously from The Sutton Academy, all applied for the programme after finding out about it during their Prestigious Universities Programme sessions at college. After successfully gaining a place on the scheme, they are now looking forward to online tutorials, live subject focused talks, university application and exam support alongside their own University of Cambridge mentor, and a 4-day residential at the university over the next 17 months.
STEM Scholarship student Caitlyn, who is also part of the Tomorrow’s Scientists programme and the Student Leadership Team at the College, is excited about being part of the programme. She said, “When I found out I had been accepted onto the STEM SMART Programme I was excited about the whole experience and am looking forward to learning more about my subjects and meeting other people with the same interests as me.”