We encourage all sixth formers to undertake a formal independent research project. This is an excellent opportunity to delve into a subject in depth, which brings its own rewards in terms of subject knowledge and study skills, and provides excellent material for the university application process. During the Lower Sixth year, students complete either an internally-assessed research project, the Perse Rouse Research Award, where assessment focuses on the findings, or an externally-assessed research qualification, the EPQ, where the marking focuses on the research process. The EPQ is worth half an A level; research projects submitted for the Rouse award are considered by a judging panel of governors and university tutors.
Many students also pursue their own independent study outside of the research project structure. Our Perse Studio blog of student work contains many examples of super-curricular projects, from award-winning essays to independent experiments.