How might the universe end? Has Machiavelli been misread by authoritarians? Which algorithm is most successful for solving Sudoku puzzles? At the end of last term, our current Year 13s were to be found in venues throughout the school, adeptly discussing and dissecting these, and other, diverse areas of scholarly debate with subject experts. This was the culmination of the Templeton Scholarship Project: an initiative aiming to foster a love of academic scholarship in our sixth formers.
From designing lines of inquiry, to learning how to read high-level academic sources effectively, the students had the opportunity to hone many of the academic skills that they will need in their university studies—and they relished it; many students produced work of undergraduate standard. Most crucially, the project enabled the students to further their passion for the subject they are going on to study, and offered them an opportunity to discuss this with experts who are equally fascinated by the topic.
Supervising staff were very impressed with both the quality and fantastic array of the projects from all the students. Earlier this half term, we were thrilled to announce the 14 subject winners and our overall best project prize, which went to Chirag. We are really excited about seeing what our Year 12s produce later this year.