Millfield School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 746 (Boys) 491 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13-18 years
  • Founded: 1935

Open Days

2020. Sat. 29th February and Sat. 2nd May.

School Contact Details

Millfield School
Butleigh Road
BA16 0YD

[t]: 01458 444296

Location Description

Millfield School is situated in the beautiful rural southwest of England in the town of Street, Somerset. London is 135 miles away and major air, rail and road links are all within easy reach.

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School News

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Millfield student Jen Sykes has been selected by British Cycling for the regional development squad in

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sprint cycling.

Seventeen-year-old Jen joined Millfield on a scholarship in Year 9 and now in Upper Sixth studying for three A levels in Business Studies, Media Studies and Physical Education. As well as cycling, Jen plays hockey and netball for Millfield.

Millfield has had a number of female athletes successfully transition into cycling: 2017 leaver and GB Cyclist Milly Tanner was offered a six-month confirmation programme with British Cycling through the #DiscoverYourGold programme as a swimmer at Millfield and has recently competed at her first Track World Cup in Glasgow. 2018 leaver and GB cyclist Lauren Dolan won a bronze at the 2019 World Road Racing Championships in October 2019.

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Millfield’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale, has been nominated as a support coach for Team GB for the 2020 Olympic Games

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in Tokyo next summer.

Euan was nominated amongst eight of Britain’s best swimming coaches to take on key roles with the team. Millfield’s former Director of Swimming, Jol Finck, who is currently the National Coach at the British Swimming National Centre in Bath, has also been nominated for the Team GB coaching team.

Euan’s nomination follows his experience and success as a support coach at the World Aquatic Championships in South Korea this summer, and further supports the school’s reputation as one of the best swimming clubs in the country.

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Millfield has won the award for Independent School of the Year for offering the best experience for international students at

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the 2019 Independent Schools of the Year Awards.

Millfield Headmaster, Gavin Horgan, says, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award for the outstanding educational experience that we offer to our international students. Our international students have a profound effect on the educational experience of our British students, who learn about other countries, cultures and embrace global differences. Millfield’s thriving international community demonstrates how families all over the world still value a British education, and I am absolutely thrilled to share this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and our teaching teams.”

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Three former Millfield cricketers have signed two-year contracts for Somerset County Cricket Club at the Cooper Associates County

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Ground in Taunton.

Eighteen-year-olds Sam Young from Radstock, Lewis Goldsworthy from Cornwall and Kasey Aldridge from Bristol have joined the playing staff after progressing through the club’s academy and emerging player programmes. The three players were instrumental to the Meyers XI first team and left Millfield in June 2019.

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Millfield is expanding its Year 9 programme with a specialised Outdoor Adventure module, featuring new exciting excursions, camps and international

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trips. The programme, which aims to promote self-discovery and curiosity within an exhilarating natural environment, offers a progressive level of challenge, to encourage confidence, resilience and the ability to work effectively in a team.

Thirteen-year-olds who join Millfield in Year 9 will progress through the programme over the course of a year, with the opportunity to experience a three-day camp in Cornwall, caving in the Mendip Hills, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and weekly Outdoor Adventure expedition sessions. The programme will culminate with a 5 day Summer Camp in the Forest of Dean, and pupils will also have the opportunity to join international treks in mountainous terrain, such as in Norway and Iceland.

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Millfield pupils are celebrating record GCSE results across 34 subjects, with 84% of grades being 9-5 (A*-B).

94% of grades achieved by our pupils were 9-4

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(A*-C), again another record. The national average is 67%.

Outstanding achievers Lily De Lacy, Alexander Knox-Jones and Emily Paterson received an amazing 9 GCSEs at grade 9, the highest mark possible.

33% of Millfield pupils achieved a grade 9 (in at least one subject).

The following pupils achieved at least 8 GCSEs at grades 9-8: Lily De Lacy, Alexander Knox-Jones, Emily Paterson, Maria Elliot, Polly Painter, Thomas Gillespie, Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Yuka Machino, Mac Ryder, Madhav Puri, Katherine Chapple, Annabella Dawkins, Macy Hall, Sania Sodhi and Zoe Lindley-Smith.


Photo: : left to right: Millfield pupils Connor Collins and Lilly Della Valle, Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Polly Painter, Fraser Hart and Mac Ryder

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Millfield pupils are celebrating today after achieving a record high 12% A* or equivalent grade at A Level, Pre-U and BTEC.

Millfield’s A*- A grades or

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equivalent are 34%, this is against a national decline in top grades with the national average for this year at 25.5%. 37 pupils achieved 3 or more A grades or equivalent with one pupil, Candice Lam, gaining an excellent 4 A* grades. The overall pass rate was 99%.

With a cohort of 281 pupils in Upper Sixth, taking 31 different subjects, Millfield is the largest independent sixth form in the country. Our highest achieving 100 pupils (a comparable size with most other independent school Sixth Forms) achieved an excellent 28% A* grades or equivalent and 94% A*- B grades.

Exceptional individual achievements include:

Top achiever Candice Lam received four A*s in Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics and Psychology.

While at Millfield, Candice achieved a gold award in the 2018 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and scored in the 90th representative percentile in her SAT (US college admissions exam) results. Candice is also a talented swimmer, representing Hong Kong on a number of occasions, and has just qualified to represent Hong Kong in India this September. Candice will now study Medicine at The University of Hong Kong.

William Fuller achieved three A*s in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics. Will, who also attended Millfield Prep from 2011-2013, received academic honours for his GCSE performance in Year 11 and will attend the University of Bristol to study Mathematics.

Emily Gore achieved three A*s in Art and Design, Business Studies and English Literature. Emily was a Prefect and took part in swimming while at Millfield, as well as volunteering at a local care home as part of the EAGLES programme. She will now study English Literature at University of Manchester.

Ben Harding achieved three A*s in Biology, Geography and Physical Education. While at Millfield, Ben played 1st team football and was one of the stand out players during the last season. Ben will attend the University of Nottingham to study Physiotherapy.

Sophie Kelly achieved three A*s in Biology, English Literature and Psychology. While at Millfield, Sophie took part in show jumping up to 1.10m, and has had offers from Durham University, the University of Exeter, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. She will be taking a gap year.

Tom Treaddell achieved three A*s in Economics, Geography and Mathematics. Tom was Head of house and a Prefect, lead the Economic Committee and was part of the Eco, charity and catering committees. Tom was also 3rd Rugby team captain, and took part in swimming, football, squash, debating and athletics while at school. Tom will study Business Economics at the University of Exeter.

Katie Maddock achieved an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Further Mathematics, Latin and Physics. Katie will now go on to study Physics at the University of Oxford. Katie also attended Millfield Prep from 2011-2013. While at Millfield, Katie was Head of House, a member of the Debating team at Model United Nations and European Youth Parliament. Katie also took part in a number of academic competitions and Olympiads and won a top academic prize in the Richard Barker Memorial Cup for writing, translating and performing a play in Latin.

William Strutt achieved an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Physics, Further Mathematics and Economics. William attended Millfield Prep from 2009-2013. While at Millfield, William was a member of the 1st XI hockey squad. William will now study Physics at University of Exeter.

Yasemin Sazak achieved the highest grade possible in BTEC Art and Design with D*D*D*. Yasemin has a passion for painting and hopes to study Fine Art at Kingston University.

Claudia Tsen achieved D*D* in BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and had already gained a D3 in Pre-U Chinese last year (equivalent to an A at A level). While at Millfield, Claudia won a national Peter Jones Academy award with her team for the ‘Developing a Product Concept’ challenge set by Reggae Reggae sauce creator, Levi Roots. Claudia will study Business Management with a year in Industry at the University of Liverpool.

Edvard Brodskiy achieved two A*s in Computer Science and Mathematics and two As in Further Mathematics and Physics. While at school, Edvard gained a silver award in the BPhO Physics Olympiad and was involved in numerous academic co-curricular groups. Edvard hopes to study Computer Science with Intelligent Systems at Kings College, London.

Amy Zhang achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design and a C in Chinese. Amy plays guitar and was part of the Badminton Squad while at Millfield. She hopes to study Design for Film and Television at Nottingham Trent University.

Oska Zaky achieved D*D* in BTEC Music, as well as an A in Photography and a B in Media Studies. Oska attended Millfield Prep from 2006- 2013. Oska was Head Boy in the Spring Term, was fencing captain and has contributed widely to the music programme at Millfield. Oska has a place at the Leeds College of Music and also has a successful music career outside of school, and will now go on to pursue his career in music with collaborations in America.

Annabel Hames achieved two A*s in Economics and Geography and an A in Mathematics. Annabel also achieved an A grade in the Extended Project Qualification. Annabel was Head of House and will now study Economics with Finance at the University of Edinburgh.

Florence Lunnon achieved two A*s in English Literature and Music and an A in Mathematics. Florence was Head Girl for the Autumn Term, was heavily involved in the music programme at Millfield and  played the lead role of Mrs Lovett in Millfield’s spring musical Sweeney Todd. Florence will now go on to study Liberal Arts at Durham University.

Pippa Chatikavanij achieved two A*s in DT (Product Design) and Economics and an A in Mathematics. Pippa was a Prefect and played tennis to a high level at Millfield. Pippa will now study Economics at the University of Nottingham.

Moradeyo Olaitan achieved two A*s in Biology and Psychology and an A in Chemistry. While at Millfield, Moradeyo sang with Millfield Music and will now study Medicine at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

Jacob St-Germain achieved two A*s in Computer Science and Mathematics and an A in Economics. While at Millfield, Jacob achieved a Gold certificate in UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge, as well as qualifying for the British Swimming Championships and the Canadian Nationals. Jacob will now go on to study Computer Programming at Université Laval, Québec.

Charles Gorringe achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Charlie exhibited his work at the Red Brick Exhibition Space in Glastonbury. Charles will now study Visual Communication at Arts University Bournemouth.

Chiara Jacobs achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Chiara was a swimmer and also exhibited her work at the Red Brick Exhibition Space in Glastonbury. Chiara will now be taking a gap year.

Aria Kalmar achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. A talented dancer, while at Millfield Aria performed as part of high-level dance troupe Bazique and performed a solo at the Dance Show. Aria received offers from Fashion and Design College Istituto Marangoni, Regent’s University London and Southampton Solent.

Phichayada Rodsawaeng achieved D*D*D in BTEC Art & Design. While at Millfield, Phichayada sang soprano and will now study Fashion Textiles at University of the Arts London.

In SAT results, the US college admissions exam, 76 Millfield pupils took the exam, with Millfield pupil Jimmy Cheng achieving a score in the top 1% of all candidates who took the exam globally. Jimmy achieved 1510/1600, which is Millfield’s highest mark to date.

Millfield Headmaster Gavin Horgan said: “It is testament to our pupils’ hard work and the quality of teaching at Millfield that we have seen a record high in A* or equivalent grades. Millfield is an academic school where teaching and coaching complement each other to provide a unique learning experience for each individual. We will continue to adapt how we educate to bring the best outcomes for all our pupils whatever their ability. We recognise the importance of examinations but never at the expense of happiness. I wish all of our pupils the best on the next stage of their lives and with their future careers.”

Pictured left to right: Local pupils Stuart Rushmere, Oska Zaky, William Fuller, Headmaster Gavin Horgan, Sophie Kelly, Katie Maddock and Cameron Baxter-Allen

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Millfield School’s Housekeeping Manager, Trish Jansons, has just completed her BSc Hons Environment and Earth Science degree with the Open University after six and a

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half years of studying.

Trish, who has worked at Millfield for the last 14 years, had the support of her Manager at Millfield and the school’s Grounds and Gardens team, who helped her to analyse trees on campus for her coursework.

Trish initially intended to study Chemistry, but her passion for the environment lead her to choose a subject that has allowed her to gain valuable knowledge of the local landscape.

“Even though completing the degree has been tough at times, it’s been a really enjoyable thing to do. I have had amazing support within Millfield, including from my manager and the Grounds team, who helped me sample the trees on campus. Natural England and Somerset Wildlife trust have really backed me as well. If I can just help one person to make cleaner, more environmentally friendly changes, it will be worth it.”

“For my final project, I studied climate change’s effect on the soils of the Somerset Levels”, says Trish. “What a lot of people don’t know is that peat removes more carbon from the atmosphere than a standing forest: Somerset peat moors are the equivalent to the Amazon Rainforest! We really have to start looking after our British peat moors.”

In her spare time, Trish volunteers with Somerset Wildlife, as well as working with the Bristol Green City Partnership and taking part in butterfly and bird counts. Trish has also been collaborating with Brown University in America and Boston-based professors to develop a new process to make sea water drinkable. “We only have one place that does this in the UK”, says Trish “And I would love to make it easier for the world to gain access to clean, safe water.”

Although Trish’s passion for her studies has led her to work on many environmental projects, she also intends to stay in her role at Millfield. “I’m not going anywhere, I love my job too much. I love where I work.”

Millfield’s Deputy Head Groundsman, Colin Ashman from Street also achieved an A* grade in his A level English Literature course earlier this year, 25 years after leaving school, with the help of teachers, learning support staff and pupils from the school.

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Millfield’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale, has been selected as a support coach for the British team at the FINA World Aquatics Championships this summer in Gwangju, South

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Euan will be supporting the 25 strong British team, which includes former Millfield Swimming pupils James Guy and Cameron Kurle, and will also work alongside former Millfield Director of Swimming, Jol Finck. Current Millfield Lower Sixth pupil Danilo Rosafio will be also be representing Kenya at the same event.

Millfield is recognised as one of the top swimming clubs in Great Britain, with eleven coaches across Millfield and Millfield Prep, including Euan, a former Millfield pupil.

The school participates in a host of local, regional and national swimming competitions, and continually produces international, national and regional champions year on year. Along the way, swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective time management, dedication and goal setting – all of which transfer to successful adult life.

Millfield has produced 24 Olympians in its short history and has had a swimmer at every Olympic Games since 1968 including champions like Duncan Goodhew, Mark Foster and most recently the incredible James Guy. The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships will prepare swimmers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Euan says, “I am delighted to be selected to work with some of the best swimmers in the country, including some of our own former Millfield pupils, James and Cameron. This will be a great learning journey for myself and Millfield Swimming, and I will look to bring back the experience to Millfield to continue to bridge the gap from youth to senior swimming.”

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A Millfield Year 11 pupil has been named as one of the top young mathematicians in Europe after winning the only gold medal as part

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of the UK team at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad. Fifteen-year-old Yuhka Machino placed 9th individually out of almost 200 participants in the competition in Ukraine earlier this month.

Yuhka gained one of only four places on the UK team, who placed equal 5th out of 50 participating teams at the prestigious Mathematics competition.

Yuhka, who also attended Millfield Prep in Glastonbury, will now have the chance to be selected to represent the UK at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath in July.

Millfield has a long standing history of involvement in national and international academic Olympiads and competitions, with experienced teachers guiding pupils through the rigorous, competitive process. Millfield’s Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), Dr Ceri Fiddes has been involved with the UK Mathematics Trust for 18 years, and will act as Director of the International Mathematical Olympiad at this year’s competition in Bath. The event is an opportunity for pupils like Yuhka to meet similarly academic children from over 100 countries, solving difficult puzzles and problems in teams.

Dr Ceri Fiddes said, “This is an incredible achievement for Yuhka, who can now say that she is one of the top young Mathematicians in Europe. It is delightful to see pupils like Yuhka enjoying Mathematics, and inspiring others to pursue academic challenges like the British, European Girls’, and hopefully the International Mathematical Olympiad. Everyone at Millfield has their fingers crossed for Yuhka’s next challenge, as selections for the UK team for the International Mathematical Olympiad in Bath are only five weeks away.”

Yuhka said, “I am delighted that I was able to achieve a gold medal at my first international competition. I would like to thank my teachers at Millfield and the UKMT staff for introducing me to new and exciting maths. I can’t wait to see where competitions like the EGMO take me, and I hope to compete for the UK in even more international Mathematics challenges in the future.”

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Three Year 10 Millfield pupils have returned to India to lead coaching sessions in rugby at the Gairatpurbass Panchayat School.

Year 10 pupils Oliver Wood, Sam

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Harris and Henry Stephens, along with a Year 12 pupil from Uppingham School and a former pupil from Brighton College returned to the school in northern India to pass on their rugby skills over the February half-term. A selection of the group also visited the school in their Christmas holiday last year.

The boys planned and ran the session completely independently after OM Tom Wood, who studies as Exeter University, was unable to attend the trip. The boys explained a series of drills and ensured everyone was able to participate fully, with the pupils also able to expand their language skills in both English and Hindi.

Millfield Netball also kindly donated bibs to the school, which were delivered by the boys during their visit. They will now be able to use the bibs in competitons.

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Twelve pupils and OMs have received offers from the University of Cambridge and US universities so far.

The University of Cambridge has made conditional offers to

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Head Girl, Kirsten Meehan to read Law at St Catharine’s College and Jacob Berger to read Archaeology at Jesus College. OM Isabelle Weir has accepted an unconditional offer to read History of Art, also at Jesus College.

For entry to US universities offers to date include Pierce Widdecombe with a tennis scholarship to Ivy League, Dartmouth College. Amber Knatchbull and Isabelle McMullen have received academic scholarships to American University, Washington DC and Duke University, North Carolina respectively. Calvin Leung has received an offer to study Architecture at Syracuse University, a highly sought after course at the university. Emily Price and Louise Caldon have been offered golf scholarships to University of South Carolina and Tarleton State University in Texas. Louis Barker has received a swimming scholarship from the University of Kentucky, Arabella Bennett has been offered a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University and Shaan Dalal has been offered a squash scholarship to Drexel University.

Other notable UK university offers to date have come from University College London (UCL), London School of Economics (LSE), Durham University and Imperial College London.

So far 20% of the Upper Sixth applying through UCAS have received unconditional offers, twice the number of the previous year. Unconditional offers are increasingly made to pupils who are considered to be outstanding candidates.

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Two Millfield Lower Sixth pupils are continuing to help a children’s charity in Ghana, after a Millfield pupil at the time, Olivia Allin, set up

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a clothing collection in 2015.

Cameron Baxter-Allen and Oska Zaky both visited the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre in Ghana last year, and have now been helping the charity by continuing the collection of clothes in every boarding and day house at Millfield. They have also been speaking at assemblies to raise awareness for the charity, encouraging their peers to donate unwanted clothing at the end of the summer term.

The children’s centre, which was started by Millfield English Language Holiday Courses Manager Jane Zohoungbogbo and her husband Martial in February 2004, supports children in the local fishing village of Kokrobite who were not attending school. It also helps to educate and empower the women of the community.

Since 2015, Jane has had a number of Millfield pupils help support the children’s charity with donations and volunteering with the support of Eric Jones, Assistant Head Co-curriculum.

Jane hopes that the clothing collection will raise awareness amongst Millfield pupils, and pique their interest in another culture and encourage them to visit or volunteer.

Jane says, “It’s a great initiative and one that makes a huge difference. The families we work with are on extremely low incomes and clothing is relatively expensive. We were delighted to have Oska and Cameron stay with us in October and hope to see more pupils at Millfield getting involved with the charity.”

Each year, Millfield pupils select a number of local and national charities to support. This year, the charities selected are: Forever Friends, Bath RUH and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Internationally, the school will continue to support the Lalibela High school in Ethiopia.

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Lower Sixth Daphne Schrager and Year 10 Tatiana Tostevin have both received call-ups to represent their countries at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in April

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Para-athlete Daphne Schrager received a call up to the England Para-athletics squad and will compete in the T35 100m. This builds on her earlier Team GB representation last summer at the inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland where she competed in both T35 100m and 200m at U20 level.

Tatiana Tostevin has made history as the youngest ever sportsperson selected to represent Guernsey. She will swim in backstroke events. Tatiana’s selection comes after a strong performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games in July 2017 where she broke many Island records and qualified for the 50M backstroke final, finishing 6th at just 14 years old, the youngest of the other seven finalists.

Daphne’s coach, Director of Athletics, Alan Richardson commented, “Daphne’s selection is testament to her hard work, professionalism and dedication and is richly deserved. There is no greater honour than to represent your country. A multi-sport games is a fantastic experience for any athlete and one I’m sure Daphne will relish.”

Director of Swimming, Euan Dale added, “Tatiana’s success at such a young age is a reflection of her dedication in the pool. Her coach, Rachel Aldington, and the rest of Millfield Swimming are thrilled to see Tatiana taking part in the Commonwealth Games and wish her every success with Team Guernsey.”

In addition to pupil call-ups, Millfield’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale, and Swimming Coach, Dan Waddingham, will also join Team England’s Coaching and Strength and Conditioning teams.

Recent OMs James Guy and Cameron Kurle have also been selected to represent Team England in swimming.

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Three Lower Sixth pupils were selected out of 35 entries to present research projects to a panel of judges, which included Dr Richard Penny from

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Southampton University,

Katie Maddock, Tom Treadell and Zoe Portman each presented their projects on a variety of topics, ranging from particle physics, coastal erosion and the proposal of a fiscal budget surplus.

Guided by Mrs. Baker’s introduction to conducting research, all pupils interested in taking on the challenge of an EPQ were required at the start of the Lower Sixth year to take on a question from the Lower Sixth Research Project. All subjects had submitted a number of questions, which required pupils to research topics independently.

Entrants made use of the resources available in the Library and elsewhere in the school to prepare a Keynote response. The standard of the entries was particularly high this year, with seven students scoring an impressive 20 or more out of the available 25 marks.

The three finalists were selected to present before the panel of judges, which included Dr Richard Penny from Southampton University, Dr Fiddes, Assistant Head Teaching and Learning, and Mr Whiskerd, Head of the Lower Sixth.

The panel of judges were impressed with the pupils’ detailed understanding of each of their topics, but they eventually decided to award the research project shield to Zoe Portman. Zoe explored the government’s decision to run a fiscal budget surplus by 2019/20, and came to the same conclusion as the government that this was an impractical target to achieve.

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