Leeds West Academy

The Brilliant Club Students Investigation into Historic Bones


Eight of our Year 12 students have been taking part in the Scholars Programme led by The Brilliant Club through our partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire.

The group attended a launch trip at the University of Manchester on 18th October, where they had their first tutorial and had the opportunity to speak with both admissions tutors and current undergraduate students. They also met their tutor, Tamsyn Fraser, who is currently completing her PhD in Zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield.

Over the last 6 weeks, Tamsyn has led engaging tutorials with the aim of helping our students to develop the higher order thinking skills necessary to succeed at highly-selective Russell Group universities.

This week, they gained hands on experience in metric analysis using the ankle bones of cattle from the Late Iron Age and the Early Roman period. The students have explored areas such as bone decomposition, bone formation and dentition.

 Miss Collins, Higher Education Progression Officer, said: "Next term, the students will submit their final assignment which will be marked using the undergraduate marking system. Working with Tamsyn and The Brilliant Club is an excellent opportunity for these students to receive invaluable feedback which will support their development throughout sixth form and beyond."

The students are looking forward to their graduation ceremony at the University of Leeds in February.