Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Equivalent to half an A Level, the EPQ provides students with the opportunity to plan, research and develop their own project idea. The EPQ has been designed to teach students how to manage, research, develop, realise and review. The project can be in a variety of forms, including:
- a research-based written report
- a production (for example, a charity event, fashion show or sports event)
- an artefact (for example, a piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
Examples of recent EPQ projects include organising and hosting a Model United Nations Conference and writing, editing, developing and producing a magazine.
Global Critical Thinking
The Global Critical Thinking course encourages students to develop critical thinking skills to enable them to formulate their own opinions and allow their own beliefs to be rational and stand up to scrutiny. These skills will be developed in the context of some important global issues that affect us all and for which we have no definitive solution. For example, environmental and climate change, the implications of increasing human population on global resources and the challenges of human health and wellbeing in the modern world.
A crucial element is the Tutorial Programme. Aimed at supporting the girls through the university application process, providing time to explore their futures, and focusing on wellbeing issues, the Tutorial sessions during the first year in Sixth Form includes:
- Study Skills
- Personal Statement workshops
- UCAS Application workshops
- Interview Skills
- SRE, and
- University Talks
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or Service
Encouraged throughout the School, the majority of our students complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Valued greatly by both universities and employers, the Award has three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Sixth Form students can continue on the Award and work towards their next level or can start the Award from the beginning if they have not previously attempted DofE. You can find out more about DofE here.
For those not completing The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the School provides opportunities for students to undertake service projects in the local community. These have included reading in local primary schools, supporting the elderly in local care homes and training to become Dementia Friends.
Taking part in sport is an important part of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing and so all Sixth Form pupils will participate weekly in a range of sports. Girls additionally have the opportunity to compete at Inter-House events, can represent the School in competitions and fixtures with other Schools, or at county or national level. Sixth Form students are encouraged to assist and coach younger students at extra-curricular clubs.
Should students wish to take part in a sport not offered on site, we may be able to arrange these at alternative venues.