School Logo

The Brilliant Club


The Brilliant Club works to achieve its’ mission by recruiting, training and placing PhD researchers to work in state schools. They run two core programmes: The Scholars Programme and Researchers in Schools.


The Scholars Programme employs doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a part-time basis to deliver programmes of academic enrichment to small groups of pupils. Through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials and online resources, they support pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities.


At Coppice Primary School, 12 Year 6 pupils were offered the opportunity to participate in The Scholars Programme.  The programme was launched in November 2016 with a trip to Sussex University, where pupils were given a comprehensive introduction to university life by existing students. In addition, pupils experienced their first tutorial with their PhD tutor, during which they were introduced to their research topic: History – Poverty and Progress.


Following four school based tutorials with their tutor, pupils submitted  a 1,000 word assignment. Graduation will take place at St Catherine’s College Cambridge in January 2017.


For further details on The Brilliant Club please follow this link:


Year 6 pupils graduation


On 31st January 2017, 12 Year 6 pupils graduated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. They enjoyed a tour of the College and its facilities, which was led by a current student.  They also learned about how to apply to a top-tier university.  The day culminated in the presentation of certificates, marking the end of a challenging but rewarding programme."

Coppice pupils experience student life at a highly selective university.