Upper Sixth students impressed fellow students, staff and parents, that joined them at the EXPO on Friday 8th February.
The evening proved to be successful, as students engaged their audience with a plethora of interesting topics that decorated the foyer of the new Michael Malnick Centre.
The evening was the pinnacle of academic achievement, as it showcased students’ work that they have undertaken as part of their IB Extended Essays or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) if they study A Level subjects. The evening was also the perfect opportunity to exhibit students’ excellent work after the Department for Education (DfE) announced that Leighton Park is one of the two top schools in Reading for A Level progress, and is in the top 100 for schools and colleges across England and Wales. Read more about academic progress at Leighton Park in our article here.
The EPQ and IB Extended Essay are popular with students as an addition to their other studies. The projects allow them to explore beyond the syllabus of their chosen subjects and research any topic that captures their interest, often providing students with a brilliant foundation for preparing them for university of their future career.
As well as conducting thorough research, an important aspect of the project also requires students to be able to answer any questions put to them about what they have discovered, developing their public speaking skills as well as their confidence.
"Students demonstrated excellent subject knowledge and presented with confidence and authority on their chosen topics." commented Claire Gulliver, Psychology teacher.
The School community were delighted to learn about such a range of interesting topics. A few of them included but were by no means limited to: 'Should the UK government allow hydraulic fracking in Lancashire?', 'Where next after Mars' and 'Do the benefits of Artificial Intelligence outweigh the risk?'.
“All of the students presenting were great and spoke about their research so confidently; it was very impressive.” added Eddie Falshaw, Deputy Head.Published: February 27 2019