Sixth-former wins place at prestigious US summer school

A Year 12 QE student has secured a place on a much sought-after American summer school. Joseph Vinson faced stiff competition – with only one in ten applicants achieving a place on the Sutton Trust scheme. The initiative aims to widen the pool of talented UK youngsters studying in America.

The selection process involved the completion of a comprehensive application form which required Joseph’s GCSE results as well as details of his extracurricular activities and volunteering. Joseph also had to submit two essays, one on why he wanted to study in the United States and another on an influential figure. “I wrote about Carol Dweck, an American psychologist who developed the growth mindset theory, which I’ve been studying for my EPQ [Extended Project Qualification],” said Joseph.

Joseph, who is currently studying English, History, Politics and Geography, is spending this week in Yale and will also have the opportunity to visit other Ivy League colleges, such as Harvard, during his stay.