Judges 'like' Eggar's presentation

Four Year 10 pupils from Eggar’s School won the inaugural Above and Beyond Competition at Alton College with their very likeable presentation on Social Media: The Good and The Bad.

Camilla Coulston, Lucy Tate, Anna Foster and Eleanor Lane debated the pros and cons of using social media by engaging the audience and using real-life examples.

The competition, the first of its kind locally, was created to encourage more able and talented pupils in Year 10 to develop deeper analytical skills at school. This in turn prepares and encourages them to undertake the Extended Project Qualification when they enrol at Alton College.

The EPQ is taken in addition to A Levels, is research-based and can be a beneficial addition to a student’s UCAS form. At Alton College, previous students have answered challenging questions such as ‘Could gene therapy cure Alzheimer's Disease?’ and ‘What effect has texting had on the language of 11-16 year olds?’

Pupils from Amery Hill School, Eggars School, Weydon School, The Petersfield School and Robert Mays School took part in heats of the competition within their schools. The final was held at Alton College where each group presented their project on the topic.

In true BBC Apprentice style the groups had 10 minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions from the panel of judges. Judge Ryland Lee from the East Hampshire 14-19 Consortium said: 'We had a really tough decision to make. Each team showed excellent teamwork and research skills and we were all very impressed by the efforts.'

Eleanor Lane from the winning group of Eggar's pupils said: ‘We learnt so much more than we thought we would and we had a lot of fun presenting as a debate’. Team-mate Lucy added: 'We really weren’t expecting to win and I’m really proud to represent Eggar’s in the competition.' 

Kathy Mitchell, More Able and Talented Coordinator at Eggar’s School, said: ‘I’m really proud of the team because it was their own effort, research and dedication that pulled it together. I’ve enjoyed watching them grow in confidence and I look forward to the competition at Alton College continuing year on year.’

Jon Myers, one of Alton College’s Directors of Learning, manages the More Able and Talented Programme. He said: ‘I’m thrilled that the competition was such a success. The idea was put forward last year at the East Hampshire 14-19 Consortium as a way to engage and develop more able 14-16 year olds and help prepare them for studying at A Level and beyond. I’d like to thank everyone involved, the schools have been fantastic in facilitating the heats and the pupils displayed a great sense of maturity, insight and application in their presentations. I was impressed by all their efforts. Well done to Eggar’s and we look forward to making the event a regular fixture in the college calendar.'

Find out more about the More Able and Talented provision at Alton College.