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Thirty-two Year 11 students who have been taking part in the ‘Aspiring Minds’ programme for able students since last July saw the culmination of their hard work on Tuesday evening. The students have been undertaking independent research on a project title of their choice with assistance from a teacher supervising their work in school. They were challenged to research their chosen topic using a range of credible resources and write up their findings into a project report or through the creation of a product such as a piece of artwork or film.
This year the students’ work was more impressive than ever before with topics ranging from algorithmic tracking, reproduction techniques for fifteenth century costumes to the effect of texting on teenage literacy and using horses to treat depression. Students had to present their findings to teachers, other students and parents on Tuesday in the school Learning Resources Centre and were marked by their supervisors on how well they put across their findings and responded to questions on the spot. Students work will earn them the AQA Higher Project Qualification (the forerunner of the Extended Project Qualification available to students at THS in Year 12/13) equivalent to half a GCSE. The students should be very proud of the high level of academic achievement, commitment and maturity shown which is a credit to the school.
Mrs Bunker (Coordinator for Most Able Students)