Month: May 2019

The “Book Bus” Visits Wrenn!

The bus arrived on Thursday 2nd May and staff and students could hop on-board and look at a wide range of reading material.  They were also encouraged to suggest titles for the school library.

It made a huge impression which created a buzz about reading and students said they wished it could come every day!

Year 13 EPQ Presentations

Last week we had the pleasure of watching the year 13 EPQ presentations for their final assessment.  The EPQ is the “Extended Project Qualification” which is an extra AS level where pupils are able to complete a research based project on an area they wish.  This could be an area of personal interest or it could be something linked to their degree they are choosing to study at University.  Students can either present their findings in a 5000 word dissertation or can create an artefact with a supporting essay.

All of our EPQ students spoke confidently to their audience this week about the project they have independently studied and it was fantastic to sit and hear about so many completely different topics.  The breadth of knowledge was outstanding and everyone present definitely felt they had learnt something new at the end of the presentations.  One commented how great it was to see such hard working students with passion for their studies.

All students reflected at the end of this experience and feel they have learnt valuable information about their topic areas, as well as key skills that are going to help them in their onward journey after sixth form life.  These students have spent over 90 hours independently working on their EPQ, which shows huge commitment and dedication to their studies.  This EPQ is the equivalent of an extra AS level and I am sure there will be some very pleasing results in the summer. Huge congratulations to the year 13 students involved, and the supervisors who have supported them every step of the way.

Year 12 Performing Arts Dance Group

Congratulations to our Year 12 Performing Arts Dance group who completed their practical examination yesterday to a live audience.

Melanie Bettles, Amelia Coles, Georgia Curtis and Kim Mafuva have been working hard all year developing their knowledge on their chosen practitioner, Alvin Ailey.  They have been analysing his famous dance works and developing their understanding of his stylistics features seen in these pieces.  For their final exam they took sections from his ‘masterpiece’ Revelations and were able to create their own 10 minute performance to replicate this new style.  The girls all gave a fantastic performance and the audience were blown away by it.  They showed strong technique throughout and used their expressive skills to communicate the narrative to the audience. 

Congratulations to these 4 students and we look forward to some amazing results from them this summer.