With subjects ranging from the comparison of single and multi-element wings on Formula One cars to the influence of mimetic theory on narrative voice, the PGS Extend Celebration Evening once more showcased the vast differences of interests of our pupils and the depth of study and work they put in to their projects. 

At The Portsmouth Grammar School, all our pupils are encouraged to carry out independent research, to be original in their approach but rigorous in their academic honesty.  The Ithaka Prize is our celebration of the creative journey PGS Sixth Formers experience when they carry out their research projects for PGS Extend or the IB Extended Essay. In the summer of Year 12, pupils work alongside a supervisor to plan their assignment and identify appropriate sources and methods for their research.  They complete the projects independently over the summer and then submit them to a marker on their return in Year 13.  Over the following weeks, the pieces are assessed and graded, with an alpha awarded for the work which reflects university standards. The best of the alpha work is nominated for the Ithaka Prize for Independent Learning. 

The winner of the Ithaka Prize this year went to Oliver Nash with his physics and mathematics based project, Is it possible to send water bottle rockets into space?  

Congratulations to all the pupils who completed their independent study projects over the summer and very many thanks to Deniz Beck, our guest of honour who presented the prize.