Trailblazing sixth-formers lead the way in EPQ

The enhanced provision for sixth-form students at Trinity Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with a record number expecting A* and A grades for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

With an increasing number of universities including the EPQ in their offers to students, completing the optional qualification – equivalent to half an A Level – gives a clear advantage to those wanting to go on to higher education.

Pictured signing off on the Trinity students’ EPQ projects is principal Jonathan Winch with just some of this year’s cohort; from left: Olivia Jenkins, Lydia Pike, Lucy Taylor, Luke Harhoff (seated), Eleanor Tilley, Lara Anderson, Megan Bailey, Sophie Christie and Erick Grant Daleon.

This is the ninth year that Trinity has offered the academic qualification, which allows students to carry out independent research into a topic of their choice with the option of producing either a written report/essay or a product/artefact.

Students can choose to take the EPQ in either Year 12 or Year 13, and this year a record 33 learners submitted their project in time for the May deadline – with the majority predicted to gain an A* and the remainder grades A and B.

A wide range of topics were chosen, ranging from ‘Is there too much money in football?’, through ‘The dark side of Victorian society in Alice in Wonderland’, to ‘Online personality disorder versus bipolar disorder’.

At the formal signing-off session, Trinity’s executive principal Jonathan Winch told students: “What you’ve done is remarkable. You’ve chosen to do something that you didn’t have to do, and have had a taste of what post-graduate study is like.

“I hope it has whetted your appetite to go on to study at university, and it would be very exciting for all of us here if you do.”

Mr Winch added: “Your achievement shows what a brilliant school this is, and also what a wonderful area Thorne and Moorends is for producing students of your calibre.

“You are a group of trailblazers, showing what can be done when you put your mind to it, and we are so so proud.”