EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
At the end of Year 12, our students are given the opportunity
to embark on an Extended Project Qualification. This runs from
the summer term in Year 12 to Easter in Year 13. It is open to all
students, regardless of the subjects they are taking or their
The qualification is designed to be largely self-directed and
undertaken independently, though students will have a taught
session once a week to develop their study skills and discuss
their project with their supervisor.
Students choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea
and decide on their finished product. This may take the form of
a written report, a production or an artefact.
The skills developed by this project are highly regarded
by universities and many of our students get lower grade
offers if they are successful with the EPQ.
We take careers education and guidance very seriously
and have a number of sessions throughout the year to help
students make decisions about the path they will follow
when leaving school. We encourage students to access
the wide range of literature and software available and our
careers adviser is available at lunch times on a drop-in basis.
At the end of Year 12 all students participate in a week of
All students are expected to contribute by helping in school or
by serving the wider community. Students are recognised
for their contributions and awarded accreditation through the
vInspired Scheme. Certificates are awarded for 50 hours of
volunteering. Volunteering develops a number of transferable
skills for future employment or university courses.
All students in Year 12 and 13 undertake a timetabled 1 hour
enrichment class once a fortnight. This enables the students
to develop skills vital to their well being as well as for their
own personal development. Classes available to students
include: Geology, Creative Writing, Introduction to TEFL,
Cooking for beginners, Photography, EPQ, Badminton,
Fitness planning, Football and Yoga. These are subject to
change depending on staffing arrangements.