HPQ students scoop top marks

Friday 26 August 2016 | By Samantha Hockney

Students in Year 10 at Teesside High School had cause for celebration on GCSE results day after all pupils completing the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) achieved A*-B grades.
A* grades were awarded to Callum Davies, Carmen de-Dios Ezinwoke, Katherine Gaskin and Sanjay Kumarendran.
Higher Project Qualification allows students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills. It is a highly regarded Level 2 qualification which helps students manage time effectively, enhance their written skills and carry out independent research.
Year 10 students were invited to tackle a project of their choosing and work with a School teacher at their own pace. Some of this year’s project titles included:

  • Has musical creativity been the luxury of the rich in the 20th and 21st Centuries?
  • Is the English language natural sexist?
  • Did Sir Douglas Haig deserve the title ‘Butcher of the Somme’?
  • Signal crayfish: alien invader or innocent victim in the UK?
  • Is it ethical to continue to develop Artificial Intelligence?

Nicola Stephens, Assistant Headteacher at Teesside High School, said: “The flexible and individual nature of Higher Project Qualification allows pupils to develop key skills which will provide significant benefits as they complete their GCSE and A Level courses and begin to apply to university.
“Our Year 10 students have shown real creative flair in investigating fascinating project topics and we are extremely pleased their efforts have been rewarded so highly.”
HPQ students are given the opportunity to work towards the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification when they join the School’s Sixth Form.