The EPQ is an in-depth study of a topic of the student’s choice, conducted over a year, spanning Lower and Upper Sixth, and culminating in a 5,000 word essay and a 20 minute presentation, with audience questioning at the end. Studying for an EPQ is entirely voluntary although many students find it of huge practical value, for example in university entrance.
This year’s evening included presentations on topics including the effect of Shakespeare on modern society; creating a wind tunnel; the burden of smoking on the National Health Service; the development of Northwich town centre; and the importance of a good night’s sleep.
“The students battled their nerves to present superbly well across the board. It was great to have Poppy Howe break the mould and create an artefact rather than an essay; the first to do so! Her wind tunnel ‘wowed’ the audience as part of her presentation,” said Mr Lumley, EPQ Co-ordinator.