Category: Latest Sixth Form News

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.

Top Spot for Academy A-Level Performance

Wrenn PROUD to achieve top spot for Academic A level Performance (inc EPQ)

Staff and students of Wrenn sixth form are celebrating today! The 16-18 league tables have been updated and Wrenn are the top school in the Wellingborough district for academic and applied progress.

Head of sixth form, Miss Ellis, has commented ‘I am very proud of the recent performance tables released by the government. We pride ourselves on our approach to post-16 education by providing a bespoke and individualised curriculum that allows students to select subjects according to their strengths and enjoyment. Our breadth of curriculum choice, ensures that all our students are successful in gaining opportunities in their chosen careers.

Congratulations to those students and to the staff who worked hard to achieve such great results.’

Our sixth form students are all encouraged to complete an EPQ qualification. The EPQ provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. The EPQ is becoming a key requirement for some top UK universities, such as Southampton University, who make alternative offers to student based on the completion of the EPQ (which is awarded UCAS points).

We have achieved these results after championing an holistic approach to education; providing our students with chances to balance academic success with personal development. Students at Wrenn expand their life skills and enjoy learning both inside and outside of the classroom; trips abroad offer experiences that enrich their lives and provide context to their learning. All students get involved in our extensive local charity work as well as contributing to our own community in school; from mentoring our younger students in their studies to taking on leadership roles and organising events.