Academic Ambition

At SWPS we want to stretch and challenge all of our students, and strive to provide an appropriately challenging environment outside the classroom too. We therefore hold a series of seminars, after school, which seek to inform, provoke, stretch and challenge our intellectually ambitious students.

The seminars are open to any SWPS student, but we expect our Academic Scholars to attend these sessions.

Academic Ambition ECO

The sessions, which are an hour in length, and introduce students to new ideas in philosophy and science, great texts from the western canon, as well as wider historical and political trends and theories.


The seminars are intellectually demanding but, we hope, both fascinating and exciting; they are based on what university courses are like and so will give a flavour of what to expect. Indeed, we hope that our students will come away from these sessions more inspired to read and think more deeply. 

Academic Ambition Talks

Academic Scholars are offered scholarships based upon their results in their Entrance Examination, or upon their GCSE results when applying for SWPS Sixth Form.



How To Apply For An Academic Scholarship