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High-Fives as EPQ Students Overcome Nerve Racking Trial

Over 30 of our Sixth Form students have been quietly beavering away over the best part of a year, researching, analysing and writing up their findings on a topic of their own choice as they work towards their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The EPQ presentation evening, which took place one Thursday at the end of February, is in many ways, the culmination of all that hard work as our students go public with their findings for the first time and face the nerve racking trial of presenting their projects to an audience before facing the unpredictability of a live question and answer session.

This year's crop of EPQs produced some very interesting topics ranging from a look at the architectural legacy of the London Olympics, to an evaluation of the lasting impact of Margaret Thatcher, and an assessment of the potential of nuclear fusion to solve our looming energy crisis.

The students spoke very well and then dealt superbly with the torrent of, sometimes very tricky, questions form the audience which followed each presentation.  Students could be seen grinning and high fiving each other at the end of the evening as they congratulated each other on a job well done. "The EPQ is a very valuable opportunity for Sixth Form students to spend a lot of time looking deeply at a topic that they are very interested in," said Heather Eaton, head of the EPQ scheme at the school.

"The presentation evening can be a nerve racking experience for many but it is also very rewarding in terms of the skills it develops and the confidence it ultimately instils in the young people.  I would like to say a big ‘well done' to all the students who negotiated this hurdle so well this year."