Thriving school-based Sixth Form selected by top UK university for prestigious project

By Jill Dando News

The King Alfred School Academy Sixth Form A Level Psychology students in Highbridge, Somerset were chosen ahead of sixth forms across the country for an important research programme at Exeter University.

They will be acting as research assistants in a groundbreaking study involving younger students in the school – giving them unique experience at such an early stage in their careers.

Graduates of TKASA are reading Psychology at some of the UK’s leading universities including Oxford, Bath, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Exeter, with the subject getting more popular every year.

One of the graduates of the Sixth Form, Anya Butler, (pictured) is now studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

Head of Sixth Form Jonathan Gaskell said: “It is a real privilege to be invited to conduct this research for Exeter University. This is a wonderful experience. 

“These type of events gives our A level students superb activities before making competitive applications to the UK’s leading universities.”

There is also a TKASA Sixth Form Psychological Society, led expertly by President Anya Snowball and vice presidents Erin Murray and Mollie Croker, which organises frequent talks with leading scholars from across the country. 

The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA) has had a tremendous few years and is soaring in exam results, curriculum provision, pastoral support and with its high-performing school-based sixth form.

TKASA is part of The Priory Learning Trust.

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