Independent research is a major feature of learning at the Upper. We actively encourage all pupils to develop their abilities in this discipline, and provide opportunities for independent research: identifying areas of interest, conducting investigations and presenting findings in writing and in person. From undertaking a ‘mini investigation’ in Year 7 to a formal Higher Project Qualification (worth half a GCSE) in Year 10, and our prestigious sixth form research programme, pupils learn how to take responsibility for their own study, discover the joys of independent learning and understand how to work effectively with mentors and supervisors.
Inspiration for independent research comes from the many academics, medics and scientists who visit the School each term to share their own research with students through our 42 programme of visiting speakers.
A range of the results of students’ independent study is published on our super-curricular blog, Perse Studio.