Outstanding EPQ Presentations
On Friday 20th January, ten of Bishop's Stortford College’s cohort of Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) pupils presented their work to an audience of their peers, staff, parents and governors. The event was set up in an exhibition style and guests were able to wander freely between the stands while the students introduced and discussed their work.
The EPQ is an AS qualification that allows complete free rein to follow a particular passion. This year, subjects ranged from Are Psychopaths Created Through Nature or Nurture? to Malet Street Gardens: Re-instating the Relic. During their study, pupils have had to demonstrate complete independence from their supervisor, as well as developing skills of research, IT competence, presentation and evaluation. All of these skills are not only vital for success at university but also will equip these young men and women for life beyond the classroom.
The atmosphere in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre was truly exciting: enthusiasm for their chosen topics was abundantly evident and the knowledge and skill with which they imparted this was highly impressive. Each student gave a mini-lecture and then answered questions from the audience. It was quite remarkable to see both the knowledge and confidence with which the pupils handled the afternoon. It really demonstrated the educational benefits of going above and beyond the curriculum. All of the pupils had constructed an annotated display board which charted both the content of their talk as well as the development of their skills in the EPQ. My sincere congratulations to all the pupils who were not only so professional in their delivery but also so impressive in their knowledge and passion for their subject. I would also like to thank both the supervisors and Ms Savva, who leads this subject.
Linda Dickinson (Head of Sixth Form)