At Surbiton High School, engaging, encouraging and inspiring pupils underpins everything we do. We believe that if pupils are encouraged and inspired to explore the world around them and are given the freedom to make choices about what they learn and how they learn it, they will be more engaged in their work. Research projects are the best opportunity for pupils to experience the challenge of academic research in a supportive and forgiving environment.
Years 10 and 12 are encouraged to take part in an AQA accredited Extended Project. Year 10 are encouraged to complete a higher project qualification which is equivalent to half a GCSE. Pupils undertake a carefully designed taught programme which enables them to develop their research, time management and presentation skills. In recent years girls have research topics as diverse as ‘Language used by GPs’ to ‘The influence of Leonardo Davinci on Renaissance Art.’
It is expected that the majority of Year 12 pupils will complete an Extended Project Qualification equivalent to half an A-level. As with the projects undertaken by Year 10, there is an extensive taught course and pupils work closely with members of staff to help develop their ideas. Projects in the past have included ‘The role of vaccinations in the treatment of Foot and Mouth disease’ to ‘The Comparison of North and South Korea with the imposed divided of Germany.’
All projects have allowed pupils to develop a variety of skills, including independence, research, time management, communication, presentation and extended writing. Through their research pupils can experience the opportunity to be the ‘expert in the room’, when the final presentation is given. For all the projects offered, pupils also get to experience what it is like working more collaboratively with a wide variety of staff members. Girls studying for the accredited Extended Projects work closely with supervisors, who challenge them to extend their understanding of their chosen topic.