Over the last academic year, five Year 10 students have chosen to take part in the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ). The project requires students to attend taught sessions in which they learn the skills needed to succeed, all of these have taken place during lunch time and after school sessions. Each student has worked incredibly hard to research a topic that they are passionate about, and create either a written report or an artefact about this topic. We have had a variety of topics this year and it has been incredibly interesting to learn about each of the following topics: Abbey Paterson researched whether organ donation should be compulsory or not; Lydia Morris explained the importance of guide dogs for the blind; Zac McDowell researched the impact of climate change on salt water plankton; Harry Whiston researched his family tree all the way back to the 1400s; Clemmie Jones researched the impacts of keeping up with language change.
On Thursday 30th the students presented their projects to an audience of parents, teachers and school governors. The response to their work was amazing, with all visitors commenting on how confident they all were in their specialist areas, and how in depth the research was. All five students did an amazing job and were a real asset to the school. Their projects will be submitted at the start of next year once they have all completed a review of their work.