Brightest students experience day in life of country’s top universities

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TWO top students from Havant Academy are looking forward to spending the day at one of the country’s leading universities next month.

Anna Tapper and Jack Gladman, both 14, are recipients of the Dux Award – run by the elite Russell Group universities – which will see them experiencing a day at the University of Manchester on June 15.

They are part of a new scheme that is offering two youngsters from every secondary state school in the country to experience a ‘day in the life’ at one of the country’s leading universities this year.

Louise Needham, Havant Academy’s assistant principal, who will be flying out with the Year 9 students, said: ‘I’m so excited for them.

‘I hope the experience will give them a good insight into university life and start them thinking about their options after school.

‘This is about raising their aspirations and giving them the boost to achieve their target A* and A grades at GCSE, and then go on to do A-levels that will get them into our best universities.’

Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group, said: ‘We are delighted to be offering bright prospective students the opportunity to come and meet our students and lecturers and have taster sessions.’