The last few weeks have seen over 30 students formally presenting their Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) to the EPQ team in readiness for them entering the formal award in the summer.

These assignments are designed to challenge and stretch students in the Sixth Form and give them a chance to develop their independent learning skills as they investigate a topic of their own choice.

Indeed, the University of Oxford praises the EPQs by stating: “You will be a more convincing applicant if you can demonstrate breadth of reading and independent research into your chosen subject.”

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Although the EPQ is not a pre-requisite for Higher Education, it certainly helps to develop a wider breadth of skills and knowledge and it is definitely helped by the excellent course structure we have in our school. The presentations went fantastically well and we are confident of another year of strong results this summer.”