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Scholars' Society

The Scholars' Society exists to promote scholarship within the school, contributing to a culture that values intellectual curiosity beyond the confines of the classroom. All scholars are members of the society, although most of the activities are open to all members of the school community.

For those in the public examination years, scholars in the Upper Sixth present aspects of their own A Level independent work to younger scholars and other interested pupils in a series of Senior Scholars’ seminars, some of which are incorporated into the wider PSHE programme. Previous seminars included topics such as: What did the Barbarians do for us?; The Rise of Prussia; The Return of Depression Economics and the Global Financial Crisis; False Liberalism and Libertarianism, and What stem cells could cure by 2030.

In addition, the Society sponsors an annual, competitive Independent Research Prize for work beyond the confines of GCSE and AS Level syllabi, which is open to entries from both Warwick School and King’s High School.

Further periodic Scholars’ Society seminars are delivered by distinguished visiting speakers from a variety of academic fields who should appeal to GCSE and A Level pupils who wish to push their knowledge beyond the confines of their formal studies.  Recent seminars have included Hon. Nicholas Jarrold (Director, British Association for Central and Eastern Europe) on Central Europe since the Fall of the Berlin Wall; and Oliver Everett CVO (Royal Librarian Emeritus) on Windsor Castle and its Occupants, 1080-2002. 

Trips are organised throughout the academic year for pupils from a range of age groups. In addition to Sixth Form Scholars’ visits to Oxford and Cambridge colleges, recent trips have included such destinations as the Think Tank Science Museum (Birmingham); Blenheim Palace; the British Museum and British Library; the Houses of Parliament; the Science Museum (London); and the National Space Centre. Scholars in Year 10 also enjoy an annual reading weekend at a residential conference centre in the Lent term.