Oxford college sponsors new QE prizes

Year 13 boys Year Joseph Masters and Joseph Phelan have become the first-ever recipients of two new QE prizes being sponsored by Queen’s College, Oxford.

The prizes reward the best work done at Queen Elizabeth’s School for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ*), with one awarded for Sciences and the other for Arts & Humanities. The two Sixth-Formers received their prizes at the School’s Senior Awards evening.

Joseph Masters, who won the Sciences prize, researched the quest for a malaria vaccine. He is likely to study Medicine at King’s College London. Joe Phelan has a place to study Geography at St John’s College, Cambridge. He won the Arts & Humanities EPQ prize for his research into solutions to food security crises.

Both received congratulatory letters from Professor Paul Madden, Provost of Queen’s.

Their awards capped an extraordinarily successful year for the School’s first EPQ cohort. Of all QE entrants 68% achieved an A* for the project.

Current Year 12 pupils have recently been taking part in an EPQ research collaboration with girls from The Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead.

* Devised by Sir Mike Tomlinson in 2006 during his review of education for 16-19 year-olds, the EPQ is equivalent to an AS level.

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Thirty Year 12 pupils from a girls’ school have teamed up with QE boys for an innovative research collaboration focusing on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)…… The day was introduced by the Headmaster, Dr John Marincowitz, who similarly underlined the importance of independent learning skills, not only in an academic context but in pupils’ wider experiences. Joseph Masters, a current Year 13 EPQ student, then passed on the benefit of his experience in tackling a research project to the 60 participants………

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