science stars

On Wednesday 27 March, fourteen GCSE students from Ernest Bevin College in Tooting Bec attended a graduation ceremony from the Science Stars programme at St George’s.

In total, 15 students from the college completed the 20-week programme created by our Widening Participation team in conjunction with St George’s alumnus, and Lecturer in Education at the University of Gloucestershire, Neil Gilbride.

The programme aims to help improve the GCSE grades of pupils who are working towards the compulsory Double Science GCSE exam, and who have been identified by their teachers as needing assistance. The students received weekly tutoring from St George’s undergraduates who mentored them on the topics they had been taught in their science class that week.

For the graduation, the students and their parents came to St George’s to celebrate their completion of the Science Stars programme. The event included a campus tour and a talk from Professor Sanjay Sharma on ‘Preventing sudden death in sport’. This was followed by a presentation where each student who completed the programme received a certificate from their mentor.

Neil Gilbride commented, “This is the culmination of two years of hard work and it makes me so proud to be an alumnus of this institution. To be able to support those who really need it is rewarding.”

Head of Widening Participation Jess Bond added, “It’s really important to develop strong links with our local schools and the Science Stars programme is very much a part of that. Graduation was a fantastic evening, both Neil and the student ambassadors committed so much time to making the programme work and they deserve immense credit.”