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    Excellent Set of EPQ Results

    Upper Sixth Form Extended Project Qualification students achieve outstanding grades - 100% at A* or A!

    Congratulations to 23 of our Upper Sixth Form students, who have achieved an impressive set of results for their Extended Project Qualification - achieving fourteen A*s and nine As between them.

    This year topics ranged from the Gunpowder Plot and anti-terrorism legislation to the use of bio-markers in identifying psychotic disorders. Other projects examined the impact of immigration on the UK economy, the art of making a great speech, and the age of criminal responsibility.

    Simon Carter’s project examined the extent to which in vitro methods could replace in vivo animal testing in the safety assessment of chemicals and the development of medicinal drugs. He said: “It's essentially asking, ‘Could we get rid of animal testing in favour of lab based methods?’ I looked at the scientific potential, the law, financial viability, technological advances and the international compatibility. It’s a relevant issue and I have a keen interest in medical sciences as well as animal rights and ethics.”

    Fellow student Eve Foley, added: “I chose to study the Gunpowder Plot, as it’s a particularly interesting mystery story, which could have entirely changed England as we know it. It also has links to Kimbolton School as the judge at Guy Fawkes' trial, Sir John Popham, lived in Kimbolton Castle. Researching this topic has taught me many transferable skills that I can use at university.”

    Meanwhile Sian Blake’s project on Hyper-realistic art enhanced both her creative and personal skills. She revealed: “Not only has completing the EPQ strengthened my painting and drawing abilities, but it also helped me overcome my fear of speaking in front of a public audience – answering questions, that challenged me, on a subject I felt strongly about.”

    Sixth Form students can apply for our Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) course, which provides an opportunity to explore an area of interest outside the A-Level syllabus. Following in-depth research, students produce a 5,000-word report or a ‘product’ and a 1,000-word report. In addition, they must present their findings to an audience of non-specialists.

    Mr Joseph Newsam, Assistant Head (Extension and Enrichment), said: “I am delighted with such an all-round excellent set of results. Our students fully deserve these outstanding grades as they devoted a great deal of time and energy to the whole process. They produced a range of informative and thoroughly researched essays and in addition gave confident and carefully explained presentations elaborating on their conclusions. We are very proud of their very high levels of achievement.”