The Sixth Form Scholars’ Programme, popularly known as OWLS (Oxford and Wimbledon Leading Scholars), is run in collaboration with scholars and staff at Wimbledon High School. The initiative brings together academic and STEM scholars and exhibition holders from both sixth forms to engage in inter-disciplinary academic research, discussion and collaboration, all of which goes far beyond the curriculum.
Conducted virtually and via a residential symposium hosted at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, the work of the OWLS is inspired each year by a particular theme – such as the role of captivity or the scientific and mythological properties of real-life owls. Coming together in this way, the OWLS get a taste of what it is like to be part of a community of scholars, and to produce their own peer-assessed research, which is published in their own online journal, OWLS Quarterly, alongside contributions from leading academics.
Happily, OWLS also provides a great opportunity for students from within the GDST family to exchange stories and get to know each other a little better.