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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

predicted grades.

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

work experience.


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.