Departmental Projects


Benedict Birch (Year 11) has produced some outstanding paintings during his GCSE course, notably a portrait of his grandfather (oil on canvas) and a portrait of a friend, which he innovatively painted using oil on prepared envelopes. He has been thorough in his research and experimentation, combining a natural ability with a persistent investigation into the versatility of oil paint. The resulting work is well beyond GCSE and has inspired his peers.

Luis Enriquez (Year 11) has worked with extreme independence, building upon an initial introduction to stop frame animation. Through independent study and research he has created a series of excellent videos that go beyond anything expected of a GCSE pupil. He has incorporated model making, an understanding of photography, green screen techniques, clever editing and even his own music. (His photography is equally impressive.)

Cyprien Roche (Year 11) has worked at a consistently high level during his GCSEs, which has culminated in some very strong outcomes. The most impressive of these is his sculpture and video, which considers the notion of internal and external space in reference to the artist Anish Kapoor.  He hand crafted the metal tube as a tool to view and digitally record observations. The resulting work is well beyond GCSE.

Luis Enriquez and Cyprien Roche were awarded Distinctions for their work. To view the GCSE videos please follow the link below:

GCSE VIDEOS | Internal page


Biology Department

Year 12 pupils, Anastasiia Kurochkina and Tor Olafsson discuss “The Eukaryotic cell is a complex dynamic compartmentalised structure that originated through endosymbiotic events" in the essays below:

Anastasiia Kurochkina Essay | PDF


Audrey Fu (Year 12) discusses "Phantom pain: a ghost in the machine, or a biological basis?" in her essay below:

Audrey fu essay | PDF


Classics Department

Year 12 Pupils were given a  fortnight to research and write an essay of up to 3000 words on a topic of their choice, following on from the material read over the course of the term. The three essays below were awarded Distinctions.

Michael Freeman argues that Horace’s use of features that recall the Alexandrian poet Callimachus are a means of recusatio – politely declining to write ‘state’ poetry (as, perhaps, his patron Maecenas was urging him):

Michael Freeman | PDF

Lia Rockey looks at ways in which the (lesser-spotted) love-poet Tibullus is ‘Hellenistic’ in his themes and style, and what this might have meant for his reception:

Lia Rockey | PDF

Veronika Voevodina argues (quite remarkably, in her first term being taught in English) that whilst there is genuine sadness in Ovid’s poetry written in exile, there is also plenty of the sort of irony and subversion we have come to expect from him, too:

Veronika Voevodina | PDF


Design and Technology

Year 10 pupils, Harry Nicol, Isaac Ng, Ben Lawson and Sasha Prokofev, designed and presented their ‘SmartCast’ project for this year’s Siemens ‘The Next Big Thing Challenge’. The brief was set over three months with the aim of finding a solution to reduce the waiting time in the NHS.

SmartCast | PDF


English Department

Sally Todd has been researching into the characterisation of 'Othello' at the beginning of the play and she was awarded a Distinction for her insightful research that focused on Act 1 of Shakespeare’s tragedy. 

Sally Todd | PDF

The Year 12 IB English pupils were asked to write a literary analysis from the poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. Ayla Ahmed received a Distinction for her essay.

Ayla Ahmed | PDF

Class 4a (Year 9) were asked to imagine what 'Ode to a Nightingale' would have looked like, if it had been written by Ted Hughes. A couple of the best essays are below:

Alexander de Unger | PDF

Dylan Protiva | PDF

The Year 12 English pupils, having read 'King Lear', were asked to choose a title for themselves and then research it; the essay was to make explicit use of critical books and essays they had identified for themselves. The essays by Hamish MacKinnon, Sophie Finegan and Isabel Rudd de Oliveira were ambitious, substantial, perceptive and well-informed. They were awarded Distinctions for their work.

Hamish MacKinnon | PDF

Sophie Finegan | PDF

Isabel Rudd de Oliveira | PDF

Pupils were set an essay on the presentation of women in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. The essay title was 'Does Tennessee Williams present women in a favourable light?' Benjamin Gardener was awarded a Distinction for this piece of work.

Benjamin Gardner | PDF

Pupils were asked to choose a short passage from the first two acts of ‘King Lear’ and then write a critical analysis of it. Hamish MacKinnon and Ruby O'Kane produced the two best pieces of work.

Hamish Mackinnon | PDF

Ruby O'Kane | PDF

Pupils in Year 9 were asked to pay particular attention to the need to vary sentence structure and tone, and to create a distinctive narrative voice. A couple of excellent examples by James Akka and Harvey Pratt are below.

James Akka | PDF

Harvey Pratt | PDF

Pupils in Year 10 were asked to base a story on actual court case from the Old Bailey archives. These are examples were by Oliver Norton and Chris Hatton.

Oliver Norton | PDF

Chris Hatton | PDF

The best example of the First Year Specialists' English Literature essays on the novel 'A Handful of Dust' was written by Emma Ansell.

Emma Ansell | PDF

Jack Freeland wrote this essay as part of normal class work  in the first few weeks of his Pre-U course (Year 12).

Jack Freeland | PDF (71.7KB)

A well-written comparative essay by a Year 10 pupil, Anthony Wong.

Anthony Wong | PDF

This review of ‘Skin’, written by Antoine Grey, is a good example of the kind of homework produced as part of the English Pre-U course.

Antoine Grey | PDF


Economics Department

Tommaso Cariati (Year 13) sent a letter to Mr Nash, Economics Department, after a discussion in class about the European Union. The letter was a spontaneous piece of work by him in response to an article in the Telegraph by Janet Daley: There’s Nothing New About this European Folly

Tommaso Cariati | PDF

History Department

Sixteen pupils were set an essay entitled: ‘More successful abroad than at home.’ Discuss this view of Disraeli’s premiership in the years 1874-80.
The best essay was written by Ophelia Norris (F), who was awarded a distinction for this piece of work.

Ophelia Norris | PDF


Modern Languages

The Year 12 pupils were given the task to write a report for the police from the end of the first part of Albert Camus’ L’Etranger, where the Arab is killed. Matteo Bonsignore was awarded a Distinction for this piece of work.

Matteo Bonsignore | PDF

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