Above And Beyond - The Directory Group

Above and beyond

Gifted and talented pupils from The Petersfield School triumphed in Alton College’s annual Above and Beyond Competition.

Focusing on this year’s topic of ‘The Refugee Crisis’, participating schools were involved in each round of the project which started before Christmas.

During the final, each team gave a short presentation exploring their interpretation of the topic, ranging from an explanation of the violation of basic human rights to the misrepresentation of the crisis in the media, and the impact refugees will have on British culture to the identity of a refugee.

The winning team from The Petersfield School consisted of Evie Lunn, Alex Evans and sisters Bridget and Rebecca Lees. Team leader Bridget said: “The experience of being involved in this competition was great. We learned a lot about the value of teamwork and enjoyed focusing on such a diverse, controversial and emotive topic. The process of researching the topic and deciding what to include, of unpeeling the layers to find the core values, was enlightening.”

The competition is based on Alton College’s EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) taken alongside other courses, which is highly valued by universities as it develops critical thinking, research, planning and reflection.

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley