Sixth Form students at Sidcot School scooped some impressive results in this year’s Extended Project Qualification. The EPQ offers children the opportunity to produce a project on a topic of their choice and provides the equivalent of half an A Level.
Sidcot students achieved an overall pass rate of 100% with an impressive 54% of students achieving an A* or A grade.
Sidcot prides itself on an educational philosophy that fuels a passion for learning in its students, along with building self-belief and personal confidence. The EPQ fits in well with this philosophy as it gives students the opportunity to explore in detail a topic they are interested in.
EPQ Coordinator Geoff Andrews commented on this year’s outcome and said: “We are very proud of the EPQ students for their achievements both in terms of their results, but equally importantly, how they approached their projects.”
There were a number of standout results including:
Charlotte Boddy achieved an A* for her project on ‘The Rise of Right Wing Populist Politics’ and plans to go to the University of Manchester or Sussex to read Psychology.
Finlay Bosworth from Weston-super-Mare received an A grade for his project on 'A screen play on Alexander II, Tsar of Russia'. Finlay will be attending Cardiff University to read Philosphy and History and aims to start a career surrounding business, entrepeneurship or politics.
Oliver Maxwell from Winscombe, was delighted with his A* for his project on ‘World War II D-Day’. Oliver is off to either the University of Kent or Aberystwyth to study Military History and hopes to start a career in the MoD.
Zoe Mercer from Winscombe received an A* for her project: 'Create a statement piece that represents an environmental issue', which resulted in constructing a big octopus made from recyclable materials! Zoe hopes to attend Brunel or Goldsmiths University to read Design and will aim to persue a career in product design. Zoe said: "A Sidcot education is diverse and tailored to the individual and more on a personal level. The EPQ prepares you for university and it's a good opportunity to do something on your own, especially studying something you enjoy."
Sharukka Rajkumar from St George, Bristol, achieved an A* for her project on ‘NHS Medical Law’. Sharukka is heading to the University of Southampton to read Law and plans to pursue a career as a barrister. Sharukka said, “The EPQ has taught me invaluable independent research skills.”
Christian Hughes, Deputy Head (Academic), concluded: “These are an impressive set of results which outline the value of Sidcot’s approach. All our EPQ students should be congratulated on their efforts.”