Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we will continue to provide STEM support through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes this Autumn will continue as usual but there will be no face to face or on-campus visits until it is deemed safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants. Please contact the programme manager / Imperial visitor if you have any questions or concerns and check the website for updated information.


Imperial Sutton Scholars was a two-and-a-half year programme for high-attaining KS3 students that launched in spring 2017 in partnership with the Sutton Trust.

The programme aimed to inspire students to study STEM subjects by learning about coding, programming and the application of these skills in the sciences and engineering.

What the programme involved

Year 1

Students take part in three on-campus days that included a launch event and a summer challenge day around coding with the BBC micro:bit.

Year 2

During their second year (Year 8), we introduced students to new technology over a series of six on-campus days. These were designed to advance and refine their programming skills.

Year 3

The final year (Year 9) started with a weekend residential at our South Kensington Campus. Further campus days followed throughout the academic year to support the students' continued advancement of coding knowledge and skills and to inspire them into further STEM studies.

Who took part?

The first of two cohorts of 60 Year 7 students from participating schools embarked on the programme in spring 2017. 

The students were all from eligible secondary state schools in Greater London. Eligibility was based on a range of factors, including:

  • having relatively low levels of GCSE attainment and progression to university
  • relatively high levels of deprivation

Any questions?

Please email the Imperial Sutton Scholars team.