Lava-ly win for The Petersfield School!

The Petersfield School scooped top prize at our annual Above and Beyond Competition for G&T pupils on 28 January. The final held in Wessex Arts on campus and the topic was 'The Biggest Global Threat'.

Participating pupils  had been involved in each round of the project which began before Christmas and the final saw each team give a short presentation exploring the fascinating and relevant topic. The Petersfield School’s winning subject was Super Volcanoes, and other issues covered were genetic modification (Robert Mays School), food scarcity (Eggar’s School) and overpopulation (Weydon School).


Pupils  on the winning team, Isobel Jones and Zoe King said they really enjoyed making their presentation. They explained they learnt from each other and the other groups and loved being able to bounce ideas around the team . Another member of their group, Poppy Cain, said the competition was 'such a learning experience – both about super volcanoes and about building our confidence.'


Miss Old, the Deputy Headteacher of The Petersfield School said it was great to be involved in the competition and she was very pleased with the success of her pupils: 'I’m really proud of them. It shows what fantastic students we have and what fantastic teaching they get in the geography department. They have really learnt a lot from the process.'


Jon Myers, one of the team of Directors of Learning and leader of Alton College's More Able and Talented Programme, said: 'It was another brilliant competition. The teams were very committed and I think they presented very well.  Thanks to all the pupils who participated in the project and to their teachers for facilitating their entries. We look forward to seeing you all next year!


The competition is based on Alton College’s EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) taken alongside other courses which is highly valued by Universities as it develops critical thinking, research, planning and reflection.


Read more about the More Able and Talented Programme at Alton College


'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has'.


Margaret Mead, Anthropologist