Felsted Preparatory School shortlisted for TES Schools Science Award 2014
Felsted Preparatory School has been shortlisted for a prestigious TES School Award in Science, one of only three schools to do so. The winner will be announced at an awards dinner in London in July. This follows a series of science acclaim at the School, where students have won a series of National Science Awards over the past few years.
2012-2013 was an absolutely fantastic year in Science for Felsted pupils, staff and the local community. In addition to excellent teaching, the Felsted Science Department demonstrated an absolute commitment to raising attainment levels for all pupils. The success of the Year 7 and 8 pupils on a National level was overwhelming, as follows:
Awards achieved at the 2013 Regional Science and Engineering Competition• Regional Junior Science and Engineering Winners (representing East of England at the National Finals of the Big Bang)
• Runner up Sustainability Prize (11-18 category)
• Runner up Royal Society of Chemistry Prize (11-18 category)
Awards achieved at the 2013 National Science and Engineering Competition, London
• Junior National Science and Engineering Winners
Awards achieved at the 2012 Regional Science and Engineering Competition
• Regional Junior Science and Engineering Winners
• Royal Society of Chemistry Prize (11-18 category)
• Institute of Physics Award
• Best Presented Science Project (11-18 category)
The highlight of 2013 was attending the National Science and Engineering Competition in London, after winning the Regional competition, where Felsted were named the ‘2013 Junior National Science and Engineering Winners’. With their prize money the girls were keen to give back to the community and in the summer term 2013 they ran a Residential Science weekend for local schools, which they funded with their winnings.
In 2012-13 the Science Department continued their outreach work with the local community. For the past five years they have run Very Able Pupil (VAP) Days to give our most able pupils the chance to spend time working with pupils of similar ability from other schools in the area. The feedback from these ‘VAP Days’ from parents, teachers and children was so positive that this programme has now been expanded into other curriculum areas. These days have been so well received that they are now over-subscribed, with up to 80 pupils attending at a time.
The Science Department also ran ‘Back to School Days’ where pupils worked alongside parents in order to develop parental understanding of scientific procedures so that they were in a better position to support the learning of their child.
2012-13 also saw the mentoring programme develop using Upper 6th scientists to support Preparatory School pupils. Science clubs were available for pupils in years 3-8; a Science Academic Enrichment Club ran in years 7 & 8; 20 pupils completed their BA Crest Awards; Science Master Classes took place with local doctors, forensic labs, zoos and universities.
A visit from The British Science Association in 2013 was also a highlight – they have chosen Felsted Preparatory School as a research partner following their national success in Science.
Felsted’s commitment, expertise and resources benefit not only their own pupils but also many children and teachers in the local community. Mrs Christina Bury, Science Teacher at Felsted and a leader in many of these initiatives, was appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education (Science), where she is leading a network of primary school teachers, aiming to inspire and raise standards.
Pupils win National BA Crest Junior Science Award - March 2013
In March this year, talented young scientists, Will Newnham, and Bertie Webster, represented the East of England at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham and won the National BA Crest Junior Science Award. This followed their Junior Science and Engineering Winning Prize at the regional event in Duxford last summer, and Runners-Up Award in the 11- 18 category for the Royal Society of Chemistry Prize. This is a massive achievement thousands of pupils were competing with the best projects from across the country.
Their project entitled ‘The Power of the Humble Orange’ explored the potential of this fruit as an alternative energy source. They impressed the judges with their high level of scientific knowledge and experimental procedure. Last weekend they presented their work at the Festival of Plants in the Botanical Gardens at Cambridge University. They are working with some professors at the University on their project, who are going to be publishing an article on their findings.
Felsted Science Teacher and Director of the Very Able Pupil Programme, Mrs Cristina Bury, commented: “Felsted is very proud to have been selected to represent the county in the National Finals and to achieve a National Prize is a huge achievement. We have been competing for a number of years now and the standard of projects gets higher and higher. We would like to thank all the team, judges and scientists that put together such a professional, well organised and enjoyable event at both Duxford and the NEC, and of course to the Cambridge professors who have supported and are continuing to support the boys with their project.”