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.
Established to create a community of scholars, OWLS provides Sixth Form scholars with the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the scope of A Level study. Working individually and collaboratively, you will produce a range of pieces inspired by a common theme, such as the role of captivity or the cabinet of curiosities popularised during the Renaissance, and unified by the determination to challenge assumptions and analyse your chosen subjects from different angles.
The results of your work will be published in an on-line journal, OWLS Quarterly, alongside contributions by academics from leading universities and other institutions. The programme also incorporates a strong social element, as OWLS gives students the opportunity to get to know peers from within the GDST family through a programme of virtual meets and face-to-face meetings at a range of locations such as ZSL, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, the University of Oxford’s Mathematics Institute, as well as the British Library and the Wellcome Trust Collection.