a Year 13 student at Ellesmere College, has had her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) research project picked as an example of outstanding work by the AQA exam board with her project to create
jewellery from antique silver spoons she bought locally.
The 17 year old, who lives near Market Drayton, made
rings, earrings and bracelets as part of her EPQ in Year 12 and said she wanted to create
something that would give a new use to a product that already exists demonstrating a valid business model for the 'Reduce, Re-use,
explained, "My initial ideas for up-cycling antique silverware into modern and
sustainable jewellery simply came from the idea that I wanted a spoon ring!
Initial resources including social media helped me develop my first ring, and
after some trial and error I learnt I needed a more malleable material such as
sterling silver. I learnt lots about different hallmarks and what they mean,
also about foreign silverware and how to use my time more efficiently when
making the rings. After time my ideas developed into earrings and pendants too.
One of the key resources throughout my project was interviewing professional
jewellers such as Peggy Bourne, she showed me some of her work which helped
inspire to inspire my designs.
my EPQ project I set up a small business of selling the rings where I learnt
how to keep organised in order to stay on top of the costs. I also learnt the
importance of having good reviews and customer satisfaction. Regular
meetings with my supervisor Mr. Orr helped me keep my project on track with the
EPQ syllabus, aiding me to reach my full potential in my artefact and
accompanying essay, and I am
thrilled to hear that AQA moderators have said my work is an example of an
outstanding EPQ project."
Alice, who is
the fourth generation Parton to attend Ellesmere College, is also studying Art,
Psychology and Biology at A Level and is an accomplished equestrian - she recently finished third at the Weston Park Horse Trials, an
affiliated British Eventing competition, where she competed in dressage, show
jumping and cross country.
Dr Tom Gareh, Head of Sixth Form at Ellesmere College, said:
"We are so delighted that Alice has had this recognition for her work by the
exam board. She worked extremely hard on the project, and her decision
making, research and planning was all well thought out and displayed in the log
book that accompanied her project."
About the EPQ
The EPQ is taken by all
A Level students in the first year of Sixth Form (Year 12) and is a single
piece of work, chosen and designed by the student, requiring a high degree of
planning, preparation, persistence, research and autonomous working in real
depth. Students keep a logbook of decision making, research and planning which
is assessed at the end with their product; this can be a 5000 word essay or an
artefact (a book, a piece of music, a dramatic production or an object). EPQs are highly valued by universities and
are the equivalent of half an A Level – a valuable contribution to the overall
application process for universities.
For more information about Sixth Form at Ellesmere
College, please visit: Ellesmere College Sixth Form
4th January 2021 Back to News