Truro School has joined with Penair School, Richard Lander School, Humphry Davy School, Camborne Science and International Academy and Falmouth School to form a Physics partnership backed by The Ogden Trust and S3 Physics – the first of its kind in Cornwall.
The aim of the partnership is to increase the number of students taking Physics at GCSE and support science teachers and technicians in delivering engaging lessons to inspire the next generation of physicists.
Truro School Deputy Headmaster, Nick Fisher, said: “We are in the process of securing funding from the Ogden Trust to support Physics events and develop teaching resources. We are building a network of science departments across Cornwall that will work together to share best practice. This is not limited to our founding schools, but will extend to all schools that wish to benefit from this exciting new venture.”
Tommy Cookson, chairman of the S3 Physics charity, spoke of the work his charity can offer to the partnership as the second strand of the project. He said: “S3 has funding to support the partnership with twenty training sessions for senior schools in Cornwall, working directly with teachers and technicians. CPD training can be poorly targeted and can deplete a school’s precious curriculum budget. But S3 Physics has a track record of providing appropriate focus and has garnered a great reputation over the past six years. Financed as it is by a generous grant from the Ogden Trust, its services are entirely free.”
S3 Physics will visit any school in Cornwall that requests training to deliver a chosen topic over the coming academic year. If our bid is accepted, current plans for this year’s project broaden beyond staff training to science workshops for junior school pupils, an essay prize competition, guest lectures hosted at a variety of partnership venues and trips to universities and science centres.
Joanna Hands, Physics teacher at Humphry Davy School, said: ”In the month of Humphry Davy’s birthday it is fitting that we are about to launch the Humphry Davy Essay Prize as part of this Physics collaboration. Details will be posted to schools in the new year.”
To help further initiate the partnership, we have already hosted an Art of Science lecture supper for local 5th Year pupils (Richard Lander), helped run a Physics INSET with S3 Physics at Richard Lander (Key Stage 4 Electricity) and collaborated on Oxbridge Physics and Engineering interviews with Helston Community College and Falmouth School.
Lucy Alldritt, Development Manager at Truro School and Particle Physics graduate, said: “We have some fantastic science teachers in Cornwall who will have the opportunity to develop individual teaching skills in Physics, whilst simultaneously improving the county’s provision of physics extension work to excite our young physicists.”
Back, left to right: Nick Steen (Richard Lander School), Trevor Huxtable (Physics S3 Lead trainer), Rob Piper 9Truro School), Mike Hickman (Falmouth School), Roger Picton (Truro School), Nick Fisher (Truro School), Tommy Cookson (S3 Physics Chairman), Chris Gidzewki (Launceston School), George Reynoldson, (Camborne Science & International Academy)
Front, left to right: Joanna Hands (Humphry Davy School), Alison Rivett (Ogden Trust Consultant), Lucy Aldritt (Truro School)
The spirit of this Cornwall Physics partnership project is one of sharing best practice with the mutual benefit for all Cornish schools, not just the six in our current partnership. Any senior school that wishes to have access to training opportunities for newly qualified Physics teachers or Science teachers that wish to gain enhanced Physics skills should contact Nick Fisher via email using firstname.lastname@example.org, with the title S3 Physics free training. Please indicate topics for the CPD Physics training, whole or half day, and possible dates.
On Thursday 11 December, Deputy Headmaster Nick Fisher and Sixth Form student Josh Maxwell were interviewed about the partnership by BBC Radio Cornwall. You can listen to the interview up until January 2015 here.