EPQ Presentations

Today saw the culmination of a great deal of hard work for 5 Year 13 students. They have been tirelessly working on their EPQ – Extended Project Qualification. This is the equivalent of half an A level in terms of UCAS points. Universities increasingly favour the EPQ and make reduced offers when students complete the EPQ. It is recognised as a qualification which combines individual research skills with literacy, referencing and presentational skills. It gives students an insight in to what research would be like at university. It is not for the faint hearted! A 5,000 word write up is required as well as presenting the project to an audience.

This year the cohort involved the following:

Precious Gestopa – researching antibiotics

Ryan McDermott – researching closed cockpit in Formula 1

Chloe Harrop – Who was to blame for the Raza Plaza Collapse?

Naeem Ahmed – The differences between medical care in an LEDC, like Bangladesh, compared to the UK – an example of an MEDC

Raymond Effah – Researching into the awareness of depression in adolescents.

Both the Supervisor and the Co-ordinator were blown away by the high quality witnessed today.

Induction Dates for Year 12 2017-2018

The Induction dates are as listed below :

Tuesday 27th June 2017
From 8 : 50 am to  3 : 35 pm

Wednesday 28th June 2017
From 8 : 50 am to 12 : 10 pm

Students who fail to turn up to the induction days without informing us, we will assume that you no longer want your place.

If you are going to be away on a holiday, it is essential that you let us know.

All external applicants must email  their GCSE results to achoudhury@cardinalnewmanschool.net
by Monday 21st August

Please download the form attached to fill in :

Form for External Applicants to Newman Sixth Sept 2017

or take a photo or a scan of your results and email it to us

The Mind set

Newman Sixth student James Ryan is one of only 12 students nationally to be selected to work for the BBC and Radio 1 with their new project – ‘The Mind Set’. Staff and students at Cardinal Newman School are all very excited as this launched yesterday. James appeared on Victoria Derbyshire Live yesterday and was on the BBC News throughout the day! James is studying Economics, Maths and History A levels.

‘I was so driven to do well we were convinced that they (GCSEs) were absolutely everything and without them you would never be anything’. This is the first sentence that James has said when he was introduced into the BBC radio 1 interview (The interview is available at the BBC radio 1 website).

We are so proud of James and we thank him so much for representing our school and helping students that are feeling alienated in time of need and support.

Regeneration on our doorstep

Year 13 Geography A level students visited a regeneration project currently being undertaken by Keepmoat, in Luton. The company have taken on the job of regenerating the Purley centre in the Marsh Farm area of the town. Phase 1 of the building is well under way. The students got the opportunity to go on site after a health & safety briefing . They all  got kitted up with steel capped boots and hard hats and had a tour around the building. They learnt about how successful bids are won through having the right design as well as meeting expected sustainability targets. The client is Luton Borough Council and the buildings are both for retail and residential purposes. They meet energy efficient targets and 99% of all waste materials are recycled. It was a fantastic opportunity for the geographers to go and have a look at the practice they learn about in their textbooks. Phase 2 of the regeneration will take place next – the poorly rundown area of the market area and shops across from the car park will also get a much desired new look. Thanks to Keepmoat for the guided  tour and allowing the trip  to take place.