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In January 2011 over 70 Year 9 students applied to take part in the second cohort studying the AQA Higher Project. Around 50 students carrying out 32 projects were chosen and they embarked on an independent study course that allowed them to study any area that they were fascinated by and gain a GCSE level qualification.
The students undertook a series of different projects. This year topics ranged from dance choreography, artistic interpretations, the study of bread mould, aeroplane design and creative writing. After several months of research and planning, the girls began their projects in earnest and by the end of the summer term had the data and information to write up their findings over the summer holiday. Some of the students made changes to their initial project ideas, and discovered that when you start looking deeply into something you find new and exciting things to investigate! By November 2011, the now Year 10 students were ready to present their findings to an audience, and over the next month each lunchtime was taken over by a different subject or area of study. The presentations were superbly prepared and delivered to an extremely high standard. Following this process, 24 of the students were ready to submit their final work to the exam board and their work was sent away to be scrutinised. The final project results were received in early March, with 100% A*/A grades being gained by the students.
This year was particularly impressive with three students, Rachel Mander, Nishat Miah and Subi Subramonium gaining full marks in their projects.
The remaining Year 10 students from this cohort are due to enter their projects in early May.
The work of these Year 10 students has inspired a new cohort of Year 9 students to carry out a project of their own for entry next year..
I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the students for their outstanding commitment, organisation, enthusiasm and overwhelming resilience throughout their projects. Very well done!