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parentWhat can you expect as a parent/carer of a Warwick Sutton Scholar?

Parents and carers are a vital part of the Warwick Sutton Scholars programme which aims to support not only your young people but you too. It is important for the team who deliver the programme to build positive relationships with Parents and Carers; we enjoy getting to know you. Laura or a member of the team aim to be available via the phone, email or at the end of each event to discuss any aspect of the programme with you or answer any questions you may have. Parents will be invited to spend time with us on campus for the launch event and celebration event and we welcome you to take part in the activities provided.

Places on the programme are free of charge. The only cost associated will be travelling to and from the University of Warwick campus. If you are experiencing difficulty with transport, which is impacting on your child's participation with the programme please let Laura know. The programme will focus on non-traditional subjects that are not studied as part of the curriculum in school.

A guide for applicants and their families (PDF Document)

Frequently asked questions...

"What is the time commitment?"

• The programme runs from the late Autumn term in Year 8 to the Spring term of Year 9.
• We ask for 100% attendance and commitment to the programme. We appreciate some dates may be difficult for you, please discuss with Laura, the Programme Manager in advance if you are unable to attend.
• If your child is absent for two or more sessions we may withdraw their place on the programme
• The activities and work your child will be undertaking as part of the programme will not affect their current school work
• Your child will not be taken out of lessons during school time to attend the programme

"Who will my child be working with?"

• Laura Fisher is responsible for the safety and well-being of your child whilst they are on campus. Laura will be supported by colleagues within the Widening Participation and Outreach team here at Warwick.
• Sessions will be supported by our Student Mentors (they're easy to spot as they wear yellow t-shirts) who are all current Warwick Students all of which have a current DBS check
• Academic taster sessions will be led by Warwick Academic Staff or PhD Students

"What does the programme involve?"

• The programme will be a mix of project work based around a particular project theme. For current Year 8 students the theme is 'The Election' In groups of 5/6 students are asked to design their own political party and design a campaign linked to their school or community.
• Academic sessions give students the exposure to a variety of new subject areas. The idea behind the programme is to fuel and nurture students interest in learning, to expand on their skills and for them to push themselves in a supportive environment.
• Were possible we also like to include a non-academic team building activity at each on campus event from dance, drama, and sport to debating and public speaking

"How will it benefit my child?"


• Increased confidence in their academic ability
• Raise their confidence and self esteem
• Increased educational resilience
• Building on their current skills and attributes
• Raising aspirations
• Providing them with the tools to be able to make an informed decision about their future, GCSE’S, A Levels etc
• Make new friends
• Experience unique opportunities not available to other students at their school

"What will my child need to bring?"

• Food and refreshments will be provided
• Each student will be given their own bag, personalised folder, water bottle and name lanyard to wear. All items will need to be bought to every event
• Any resources needed for the sessions or project will be provided for
• Should your child be required to bring anything else with them we will let you know beforehand
• Please let us know if your child has any additional requirements

"How much homework will my child be given?"

• A short written assignment of approximately 500 words, for example a short piece of creative writing or an essay about a topic from the day will be set at the end of every event
• Students will receive feedback on their written assignments from their mentors to help develop writing skills
• Prizes will be awarded for the best homework assignments
• Completed homework will need to be sent in before the next event – (a date will be given)

‘Fantastic to think that these children are the future! The future looks bright!’ Parent

‘The program is exquisite, it is fun to watch and I’m proud of every one that took part.’ Parent

‘Preconceived idea was an academic based course, but very impressed by the emphasis on confidence, interpersonal skills and growing as an individual.’ Parent