Twelve of our Upper Sixth formers have been awarded prizes for their research projects produced as part of the Waynflete Studies Programme. The award ceremony took place at Magdalen College on Friday 28th September, with the President of Magdalen College, Professor David Clary FRS, officiating.

Waynflete Studies is now in its fourth year and has proved a tremendous success. It is an exciting aspect of life in the sixth form at MCS, named after our fifteenth-century founder, Bishop William Waynflete, whose ideals of intellectual excellence inspired the programme. Fulfilling his founding vision, we have sought to bring school and university ever closer together.

Every member of the Lower Sixth participates in the programme, choosing their own research topic. Over the course of the year students produce a dissertation with the guidance of both internal and external tutors and significantly broaden their intellectual horizons in the process. An independent research project of this nature is the best possible preparation for life at university.

Waynflete Studies this year has produced some exceptional pieces of work, in an array of impressive subjects, and we are very proud of our students’ achievements. Our congratulations go to them, and to the many people who have supported them.

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President’s Prize Winners 2012

  • Kate Apley (Humanities): How do you define ‘in tune’?
  • Joe Bowness (Biological Sciences): Epigenetics and Human Inheritance
  • George Dennis (Classics & Modern Foreign Languages): Why was the Battle of Leuctra so significant in Sparta’s decline as a Greek city state?
  • Charles Graham (English): To what extent do certain revisions of Brideshead Revisited show changes to the narrative voice?
  • Livvy Hitch (Psychology): To what extent does epigenetics influence early neurodevelopment?
  • Ronak Jain (Economics): Employment Guarantee Scheme in India (circa 2005): a Study of the Impacts
  • Samuel Jenkins (Physical Sciences): Can radiotherapy provide an ideal solution for the treatment of cancer?
  • Oscar Key (Maths, Statistics & Computing): Are wireless, ad-hoc mesh networks a feasible alternative to conventional networks?
  • David Klemperer (History & Politics): Did the Kemalism of the single-party era have the potential to be social democratic?
  • Will Liebrecht (Social Sciences): Can Botswana overcome the challenges to its development?
  • Thomas Matthews Boehmer (History & Politics): The Magdalen Crossing-point: an Archaeological Study 4200BC – 1066 AD
  • Daniel Pope (Biological Sciences): Is music therapy a successful means of treating patients with autism?

Commendations 2012

  • Biological Sciences: Oliver Perkins, Rahul Menon
  • Classics & Modern Foreign Languages: Rory Parker
  • Economics: Stanislas Lalanne
  • English: Frazer Hembrow
  • History & Politics: Meg Hebbert, Joseph Foster
  • Humanities: Elizabeth Stell
  • Maths, Statistics & Computing: Harry McLaverty
  • Physical Sciences: James Lawton Smith, Jenny Cui
  • Psychology: Harry Spratt
  • Social Sciences: Alexander Shuttleworth

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