The academic enrichment programme

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The EPQ is an option open to all students in the Sixth Form. Unlike traditional examined subjects, the EPQ gives students an exciting chance to develop their independent study skills by researching and producing a piece of academic work in an area entirely of their choosing and interest. This area may or may not relate to something that they are studying at A Level. The project can be in the form of an academic report, a scientific investigation, or an artefact. Students also produce a log showing their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of their project. All students are supported one-to-one by a member of the teaching staff, who acts as the EPQ Supervisor. The whole operation is overseen by our EPQ Co-ordinator, who takes responsibility for the administration and taught skills of the EPQ, assisted by the Assistant Head Mistress. Universities are extremely enthusiastic about the EPQ, as it produces students who are responsible for their own learning and intellectual development, and who are consequently well prepared for the rigours of higher education. An EPQ A* grade is worth 28 UCAS points.

Critical Thinking: The English word critical comes from the Greek word kritikos and this term refers to someone who has the ability to tell the difference between what is important and what is not. This is what Critical Thinking is all about. The course studies the language of reasoned argument and evaluates the beliefs and claims that make up such arguments. It helps develop clear communication skills: the ability to present cogent arguments and discover new ways to analyse information from different sources. Critical thinking is predominantly a practical, skills-based discipline. A wide range of source material is used from science, art, philosophy and social sciences, as well as current topics of general interest in the media. No specialist knowledge of particular academic subjects is required, so it is suitable and accessible for all students. It develops skills and encourages attitudes which complement other studies across the curriculum, and helps prepare girls for the academic and intellectual demands of higher education, as well as future employment and life in general.



All sixth-form students participate in the school’s unique Kinza programme.  ‘Kinza’ is an Arabic term meaning ‘hidden treasure’. The school’s overriding objective is to offer a broadly intellectual, diverse and well-rounded education: with this is mind, a unique programme of weekly sessions throughout the year is scheduled, in which each girl has the opportunity to explore various types of subject enrichment freely, with no examination pressure at the end, enjoying learning and the process of learning.

Every Kinza activity is designed to encourage a love and respect for learning for its own sake, tapping into the interests and expertise of staff. The activities provide a wide spectrum of choice for each SCHS pupil, covering an extremely broad range of activities, including basic Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese stage combat, the plays of Greece and Rome, share trading, debating, the history of silent film, the practical application of music technology software, table tennis, meditation techniques, and much more.

Opportunities to deepen aspects of the broad knowledge acquired through Kinza are afforded through co-curricular trips, individual research and collaborative working processes in a vertical tutoring system, with younger girls learning side-by-side with older girls. Each participates in several different activities that she has selected during the course of the year. The Kinza programme is a salient feature of an SCHS education. 

The Kinza Enrichment Programme 2017 options booklet.

EARLY YEARS OPEN MORNING Wednesday 18th April 9 am - 10.45 am PREP OPEN MORNING Friday 16th March 9 am - 10.45 am SENIOR OPEN MORNING Friday 9th March 9.15 am - 10.45 am