Following obtaining an impressive 1st for his Brilliant Club mini dissertation essay, What is War? Max Gould received further good news this term when he found out that the Brilliant Club Scholar Board had rated his essays one of the best submissions Nationally at KS3. Max’s essay will now be published in The Scholar, the Brilliant Club’s academic journal of outstanding work.

The Scholar is published termly and showcases some of the excellent work produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways from the 750 schools who take part nationally. All assignments nominated for publication are reviewed by an expert panel of PhD researchers and only the highest scoring are published.

Max’s Brilliant Club tutor, Dr Kerrie Bramhall, commented: “This really is a wonderful achievement as apparently, the completion was fiercer than ever for publication.”

Elaborating Dr Bramhall said: “Over the course Max made a valuable contribution to our tutorials sharing his response to the issues we studied in a thoughtful and critical manner. His in-depth understanding of the complexities of war clearly came through in the reading of his essay. Max skillfully crafted a sophisticated argument using carefully researched examples to relate the theory to different subject matters and go beyond our taught content. The level of independent thinking as well as the conscientious approach he took towards the development and presentation of his ideas will be an asset to undergraduate study – congratulations Max!”

Dr Bramhall added; “It was a wonderful experience working with Bodmin College. The committed and engaged approach shown by the pupils and their Lead Teacher, Ms Stott, towards the programme made my time teaching with the school a delight.”

Brilliant Club Lead Teacher, Ms Stott, said: “This is an amazing achievement. Throughout the Brilliant Club programme Max demonstrated an impressive combination of academic talent and creative thinking that will allow him to excel in so many fields, massive well done Max!”

What is the Brilliant Club?

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from state schools progressing to highly-selective universities through mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state school students.