At Burton Borough School we have worked with The Brilliant Club to help to raise the aspirations and improve the skills of our students.


The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that mobilises the PhD community to support students from a wide range of backgrounds to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there.


The Scholars Programme provides students aged 8-18 from non-selective state schools the opportunity to work with a PhD researcher to experience university-style learning. It helps them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to secure a place at a competitive university. We support students to make an informed choice at 18 but also to ensure they develop the skills needed to excel in their next phase of education.


In the past we have had numerous students earn the highest grades, equivalent to a 1st at degree level, on these courses; with one student having her work published in the national collection of the finest pieces from across all the schools involved. It has been hugely beneficial to all the students involved and we will continue to work with them this year. Past projects have been:


  • Is textspeak ruining the English Language?
  • “I loved living there…” How do you build a town?
  • Beyond the Gallery: Contemporary Art and Activism