Students set to discover more

It was a night of celebrations for students earlier this month, as they cut the ribbon for their new science labs and marked the official opening of the Discovery Centre, at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough.

It is hoped that the new facilities will ensure students can study the practical aspect of science in the best possible environment. The new centre has been made possible with money from the Wolfson Foundation and The Ogden Trust.

As an Institute of Physics lead school and hub school for the Ogden Wellingborough Science Partnership, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy will be able to run CPD sessions for teachers from schools throughout the region. The new centre was opened by Ryan Holser (pictured right), a Year 11 student from the school who won the name the lab competition and chose the name Discovery Centre.

Ogden Teacher Fellow and Lead practitioner for physics Dr Abby Bell said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the students at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy are able to study science in such wonderful facilities.

The Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities, made a contribution of £30,000. The Ogden Trust gave £20,000 towards it.

The academy’s CEO/executive principal Victoria Bishop said: “I would like to extend my gratitude to The Ogden Trust and Wolfson Foundation for their contribution towards our wonderful new Discovery Centre. “The new facilities will enhance the students’ studies greatly providing an engaging and stimulating environment for their learning."


A version of this story and the photos first appeared in the Northamptonshire Telegraph.