The Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is highly regarded by universities as it develops research and academic writing skills that will be required for undergraduate study and beyond. In addition, many pupils have found it advantageous to be able to talk expertly on a specific subject at interview.

The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from a broad range of subjects. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides pupils with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a Supervisor (a Gresham’s teacher). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.