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    King's EPQ Evening

    King's EPQ Evening

    From learning the secrets of dressing for success, and examining the success of prisoner rehabilitation schemes, to questioning the artistic merit of the Mona Lisa, King's Sixth Form students have explored their own personal passions with detailed project work. 


    As part of The King's School's Extended Studies Programme, Sixth Form pupils are able to undertake a prestigious Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to undertake  in-depth research into topics of their choice, which they feel add value to their own education and are, as EPQ Coordinator David Williams said, “out of the box.” 


    The EPQ is a highly sought-after qualification, valued by universities as a way of demonstrating independent learning and research skills alongside students’ A Levels. As part of the qualification, students must complete a live presentation which must cover the project subject matter, its aims and objectives, research methods, a review of their performance and achievements, any lessons learnt and how the project might affect their future career/education.


    The EPQ evening at King’s allowed Sixth form students to showcase their in-depth work and demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond the curriculum, to develop the skills required for successful university study.


    Student Maisie Rowlinson, who wants to read Fine Art, examined the secrets of dressing for success using new internet billionaire Kylie Jenner as a flag bearer.

    Maisie said: “Numerous studies have shown that if you dress the part you will have greater cognitive function and enhanced creativity. This goes from school uniforms to wearing a lab coat. The attitude to women’s workwear is invested with sexism. Women in managerial roles will be taken more seriously if they dress down, but sales women will be more successful if they accentuate their femininity.”


    Katie Murphy, who wants to read Psychology at university, looked at the life-long effects of your birth positon in your immediate family. She explained: “First born children tend to be more highly motivated to succeed and will have a higher IQ by 2.3 points; middle children will be more relaxed and balanced, whereas the third child will be more sociable, perhaps, even the class clown. But these differences dissipate if there of an age gap of five years and, of course, are not set in stone, but there have been over 2000 studies worldwide and must be seen as an indicator.”


    Nadeen Tayfour, who wants to read Law, looked at the failure of the UK government to abide by the Human Rights Act of 1998 and argued the state was only paying lip service to the fundamental human rights of outlawing modern slavery and the break-up of the nuclear family. Nadeen said: “In 85% of cases human rights issues have simply been stripped out. Look at the Windrush scandal. Such was the government’s eagerness to reduce immigration that they were going to separate family members from family members who had lived in this country for 50 years. They only stopped when a 150,000-name petition put public pressure on the Home Office.”


    Charlie Wilman, who wants to read Business Management, analysed the effects stereotypical body imaging in advertising is having on the child’s mind. She said: “I looked at the effect it had on children up to the age of 18, but particularly from the ages of 7 to 11, when the immature mind simply doesn’t understand how images may have been photo-shopped and are unrealistic. It isn’t only the advertising industry, but the fashion industry too. Combined with the effect of living in a family where parents might have their own issues with their own body image, this can lead to eating disorders in children.”


    Joseph Carey, from Congleton, examined how the catastrophic effects of seismic activity, particularly in the Pacific Ring can be prevented through new building techniques and the retro fitting of rubber lead bearings to old buildings. “The rubber lead and steel bearings absorb the oscillation from the earthquake as it travels up through the bearing with there being very little movement at the top on which the building sits. In a recent earthquake in the Far East only one building survived and that was the one fitted with rubber lead bearings.” 


    Yayu Ciang, who wants to read Computer Science, said the Mona Lisa’s fame was not only due to Leonardo’s study of anatomy and his ability to capture “a smile that melts and eyes that follow you,” but because the painting was stolen by Vincenzo Perugia before the Great War and reclaiming it became a celebrated cause in the world press. He added: “Before that Raphael’s Sistena Madonna had been recognised as the greatest of the paintings by the great masters, but the theft of the Mona Lisa acted as one giant public relations campaign.” 


    Mr David Williams, King’s Economics teacher and EPQ coordinator, said: “The EPQ is a stand alone qualification which forms part of our Extended Studies offering, with each student spending approximately 120 hours working independently on a project of their choosing.”


    David added: “The EPQ is a well recognised and very well-respected qualification. It allows students to learn about working independently and gain the skills and knowledge that will help them greatly with university life and beyond. The work produced by our students often borders on undergraduate quality, and is often the high water mark of their academic achievements whilst at school. This is especially helpful if the student is going on to study a related course at university.”


    Mr Williams concluded: “The students have to present their findings and talk about the whole EPQ process. Not only does it help them learn the skills they are likely to need for university and future employment, it allows them to reflect on their progress, challenges and achievements. The EPQ Presentation Evening has been developed in order to give our students the opportunity to present their findings in an enjoyable way that allows them to share their hard work with their teachers, families and friends and seek feedback on their work. We are very proud of what they have achieved and they should be too.”




    1A, Maisie Rowlinson with a model of Kylie Jenner,

    2, Katie Murphy

    3, Matt Follos

    4, Joseph Carey

    5, Nadeen Tayfour

    6 and 6A Charlie Wilman

    7, Yayu Xiang.


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