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Gifted Coleg Sir Gar sixth formers benefit from ACE new programme

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

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GIFTED and talented Coleg Sir Gar students are being nurtured to be the best of the best thanks to an ace new programme.

The Academic, Cultural, Excellence programme (ACE) targets academic high-flyers and aims to propel them to the top.

Faculty and campus director for Llanelli, Nikki Neale, said: "It is a programme for our more gifted and talented learners in our A Level department.

"It is there to challenge and develop our more able learners.

"It focuses very much on developing their skills and gives them opportunities to apply for the top end universities."

And she said the A Level results of the last batch of ACE students showed the two-year programme was doing the trick.

According to the college's statistics, 75 per cent of the ACE graduates from the class of summer 2013 scored A* to A grades across the board.

This is more than three-fold the national average, which came in at 24 per cent.

Ms Neale said: "They have done so well, this particular group.

"We are particularly proud of their hard work."

She explained that every sixth former involved in the ACE programme at the college last academic year had been awarded a place at their first choice university.

And things are looking just as bright for the new starters — many of whom had been earmarked for their abilities during Year 10 and 11.

Ms Neale said: "We are really excited that they have chosen to come to Coleg Sir Gar, and to see them mature and develop.

"We have 40 this year and there's such a range of talents.

"It's exciting times and we are all thrilled."

In order to qualify for the programme, a pupil must have a minimum of seven A grades at GCSE.

Year 12 is seen as a preparatory year teaching the skills needed to deal with infamous entry exams and interviews for top level universities.

Year 13 is then focused on ensuring each student gets the sought after university place they desire.

Those aiming for the likes of the Oxbridge and The Russell Group Universities can also benefit greatly from sessions with Oxbridge specialist Dr Jonathan Padley.

Ms Neale said: "We are trying to look towards the interview, making sure that they have a unique selling point and looking at what else can they have to make them stand out from the crowd."

Other special features of the programme include the chance to get valuable work experience in notoriously competitive careers such as veterinary medicine, law, medicine, and journalism.

There are also specialist career talks, open days, workshops, master classes, and the chance for students to enrich themselves through entry into national academic competitions.

Ms Neale said: "At Coleg Sir Gar we recognise that these individuals need bespoke programmes that are tailor made to help direct them towards their university and career choice.

"To this end, each learner will have their own individual action plan to help them achieve their goals."

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