Norfolk Scholars Programme

University of East Anglia (UEA) Norfolk Scholars Programme

What is it?

The Norfolk Scholars Programme targets high achieving students in Years 10 and 11  who are from backgrounds traditionally less likely to go to university.

It is a joint 2 or 4 year initiative with Villiers Park Educational Trust (based in Foxton, Cambridgeshire) to help improve the social mobility of this particular group, improve academic attainment and encourage them to apply to leading universities or other centres of excellence e.g. higher apprenticeships.

City Academy Norwich is one of 8 Norfolk-based schools who are signed up to the programme with the aim of having 30-35 Scholars in each year group participating in the programme.

Scholars are nominated by their school and must meet selection criteria set by Villiers Park, as well as successfully complete a mini interview.

How it works

Scholars meet regularly with UEA-employed Learning Mentors on a one-to-one or group mentoring basis every three weeks during term-time. They also have the opportunity to mix with other Scholars whilst taking part in activities at UEA, in local schools and at Villiers Park residential centre.

Norfolk Scholars Programme at CAN

Over the 2017-18 academic year, City Academy continued working alongside the Villiers Park Educational Trust and the University of East Anglia to deliver the Norfolk Scholars Programme. The Norfolk Scholars Programme is an initiative designed to encourage high-achieving students with outstanding potential to apply to distinguished universities and to aim higher in their post-sixteen education plans.

Students attended a multi-day residential where Year 10 students were tasked with establishing a university of their own, a Year 11 residential where students had to decrypt complex ciphers, and masterclasses in advanced topics (such as philosophy and law) that students might wish to consider studying in the future.

At the end of June 2018, our Year 10 and 11 scholars were invited to a celebration event at the University of East Anglia to recognise the effort and progress they have made over the course of the year. All the students received certificates recognising their achievements over the course of the year. All students have engaged brilliantly with the programme, and can be extremely proud of their performance and the progress they have made.