Cranleigh’s first Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Exhibition showed an impressive range of projects and talent.
The work on display was the outcome of a two-year process of Cranleigh Thinking by dedicated individuals in the Upper Sixth, expertly supported by a team of teacher-facilitators.
Ranging from restored motorbikes to images of trans-gender fashion, from art in situ etchings to a dramatic re-creation of the USA in the 1920s and with dissertations on topics as wide-ranging as discrimination in the workplace and the philosophy of quantum mechanics, the exhibition comprised a rich, varied tapestry showing Cranleighan creativity at its very best.
The inspiration for a successful EPQ is a deeply personal thing. Projects begin with a question, a problem, a puzzle, a paradox or a practical challenge. The world is full of questions and challenges to which there is no easy right answer.
The whole point of EPQ is to learn to embrace these unanswerable questions and create a personal response to them. When we move into the territory in which there are no clear answers, we discover what it really means to think for ourselves.
The outcomes on display show just how rich and deep this journey of discovery can be. A project is more than just an outcome: it is a process of discovery, of reflection, of creativity, of argument and counter-argument.
To create an extended project is to go on a journey into the unknown, and in the process, discover something about the world and about yourself. This is the journey that over 100 of Cranleigh’s Upper Sixth have taken, and in the process, have laid out a pathway for others to follow.