Last Thursday, 55 year 13 students presented their Extended Project work to a large audience of staff, parents, governors and other students.

The Extended Project qualification gives A level students the chance to explore a topic entirely of their choosing, producing a piece of academic work at the end of the process. A key part of this process is the presentation of their work to an audience of some form, a goal they achieved successfully last week. The range of topics under consideration was enormous, ranging from an essay on the future of the British Music Industry to the design and construction of a computer controlled laser device (pictured). Further highlights included a biographical piece about a local veteran of several naval campaigns during World War II and two contrasting pieces investigating various aspects of the Arab revolutions earlier this year.

The event gave the students the unusual opportunity to be the expert. There was little doubt that they knew most about their topic and they relished the chance to explain what they had learnt to the visitors.