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Results Day at Roedean is about more than just A levels. This year there was an increased profile for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), used in some university offers for the first time.
Roedean EPQ girls achieved a near clean sweep of A*s and As in a fascinating range of areas. Topics included metics in democratic Athens, the evolution of wolves to domestic dogs and the violation of human rights in revolutions.
‘Our commitment to independent learning – so prized by both universities and employers – is being acknowledged by some outstanding results in the Extended Project Qualification’, said Frances King, Headmistress.
Universities value the EPQ because the key skills of independent research, project management, reflection and self-directed learning offer a seamless transition to undergraduate studies.
And in the 2013 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills report, half of the 300 businesses surveyed said school leavers lack the key attributes that set them up for success, including self-management and problem solving.
Happily, with these EPQ results, Roedean girls will not be among them.
The overall A level pass rates are A* - A 56% and A* - C 95%.
‘I am delighted that our additional investment in Teaching and Learning this year is paying dividends,’ said Mrs King.
‘However, it is what the girls now do with these valuable pieces of paper which really counts.’
One in five of the girls will be going to London universities, a continuing trend for the capital’s dynamic, internationalist universities. Six will be going to the USA, for courses including Penn State (Mechanical Engineering) and NYU (Liberal Arts).