Pupils Go Above and Beyond

Enthusiastic teams from several Hampshire secondary schools demonstrated their commitment to Alton College's Above and Beyond competition, putting a lot of thought into this year's topic: 'A significant anniversary – then and now: Consider the impact of an event that may be commemorated in 2019’.

Participants had been asked to identify and research a line of enquiry relevant to this broad theme, and to prepare a short presentation for the panel of judges, evidencing team-work and in-depth investigation (amongst other criteria).

Choosing the winning team was challenging, as presentations were of a high standard. Mill Chase School were the victors with their confident presentation on the development of the Metropolitan Police Force – 190 years old this year, and having recently celebrated a century of women officers. Judges were impressed with the team’s research, which included an email exchange with the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick. The team presented judges with a folder evidencing use of a wide range of source material, and the team ably dealt with questions from the panel.

Pupils from Farnham Heath End School celebrated 25 years since the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Their presentation was clearly structured and included good analysis of topical issues, with well-considered conclusions on the economic, social and political impact of this important transport link.

The Weydon team analysed whether we live in a dystopian society, referencing Orwell’s ‘1984’ (70 years old this summer) and other relevant literature. This was a clear, sometimes passionate, presentation with clear links to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

All participants appeared to work well together as team members and had a good grasp of their remit. They are well-placed to pursue the Extended Project Qualification in Years 12 and 13, and we look forward to seeing these bright pupils at Alton College in the future!