Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented: Extended Project Qualifications
MPW introduced the EPQ in September 2015; it is increasingly being recognised by universities as a valuable addition to a student’s academic portfolio. Here, 3 students discuss their experience of studying for the EPQ.
Brenda Yilin Guo
This year the MPW Art Prize was awarded to Yilin Guo (known to us all as Brenda). Brenda has undertaken two creative art courses in Art and Design and Textiles and from the immediate start she proved to have the qualities of a potential art undergraduate.
Ameen Al-Maghraby joined MPW in September 2014 and was identified as part of the Gifted and Talented programme for his show jumping. His programme was bespoke at MPW, as it had to work around his riding commitments.Ameen rides seven days a week at stables outside of London. He is a national champion and hopes to be part of the Egyptian professional team at the Olympics and World Cup.
Alice Gillan is currently studying for her A levels in the sixth form at MPW, and managing to combine this with a demanding programme of training and competition as a promising young tennis player, currently ranked among the best in the UK.
For her conscientious and creative approach to coursework alone, Emma would be a worthy recipient of this year’s Art Prize. However, she has been such a positive and enthusiastic presence as well and her determination and motivation has influenced everybody she has worked with so positively that she deserves the prize on that count as well. Emma has studied Art, Textiles and Graphic Communication and has consistently achieved a high standard throughout these three subjects, despite having to produce three large (and, typically for Emma, very large) sketchbooks and two outcomes for each at both AS and A2 level.
Alexia Alexander Wight
Alexia is one of our most academically gifted students, but also one of the most rounded, with a wide range of interests and abilities.
She came to MPW from Cheltenham Ladies College in 2009 to study for her GCSEs. She is now principally a scientist, but her artistic bent was also clear from an early age: she won a first prize for her poetry at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in 2007 (the same year she came third in a regional competition run by the Young Engineers).
Thu Ha (Bennie) Khuat
To be a gifted and talented student would appear to be a prerequisite before attempting any creative subject. But achieving success in two or more technically demanding arts A levels requires a particular calibre of pupil. In 2014 Thu Ha, or Bennie as we all know her, emerged as one of our most original and talented Art and Design students, displaying a self-possession, determination and an engaging character.
I have been on the water since I was nine days old and I have been taking part in offshore yacht races since I was nine. Offshore yacht races are longer races, generally either partially in sight or completely out of sight of land.
I have done them on a series of boats called Heartbeat, owned by my parents. Heartbeat IV is the current yacht and is a 45ft long sailing boat. Prior to competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, my longest race was the North Sea Race, which is around 180 miles from West Mersea on the UK East Coast to Scheveningen in Holland and is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).
I have been doing horse riding since I was about six years old and currently have two main competition horses. I mainly take part either in eventing (which is a combination of all three main riding disciplines: dressage, show jumping and cross country) or in ‘pure’ show jumping.
Horse riding is somewhat different from most other sports in that whatever level you compete at you are likely to be against some top-level riders on their younger horses, such as William Fox-Pitt or Zara Phillips.