Pupils shine in exhibition

Tadcaster Grammar School pupils who explored a wide range of topics. Picture: Wendy Binns
Tadcaster Grammar School pupils who explored a wide range of topics. Picture: Wendy Binns

A special exhibition held by Year 13 students at Tadcaster Grammar School was a culmination of hard work and an opportunity to show off the fruits of their labour.

The Sixth Form students had been exploring a wide range of subjects since last October, working closely with a supervisor to plan and manage the complex and detailed research process involved to achieve their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

They learnt how to search the internet using Boolean search terms, planned their project with a Gantt chart and spent time working with members of staff at the University of York Library to navigate all of the resources available locally.

The visual effect was a stunning collection of factual information boards complete with appropriate props, such as a skeleton, trumpet, coral, charts and maps.

Topics covered and explored included stress in the workplace, renewable energy, exploring the impact of drugs in sport, privatisation of the NHS, cosmetic dentistry, dementia and the interesting question ‘Do Good Mathematicians Make Good Musicians?’

“I am so proud of all the students and what they have achieved,” said Aidan Carr, Director of Sixth Form and EPQ Co-ordinator.

“Even though last year’s group delivered 70 per cent A*-B, the current cohort have exceeded even that outstanding level of performance!”

Parents and members of staff were invited to meet the students and find out about their journeys of discovery, but perhaps those most interested were the Year 12 students just starting out on their own voyage of EPQ.