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Community Learning Award

Brixham College has been awarded a Community Learning Award. Physics teacher Tom Norman, the South Devon Ogden Partnership Link at the College explains more. 

“For the past three years Brixham College has been part of the South Devon Ogden Partnership along with Kingsbridge Community College, Ivybridge Community College and St Cuthbert Mayne. During that time, we have had 40 students taking part in our science group to inspire future physicists and have hosted three events for over 120 students in Brixham for our partner schools. The aim has been to encourage more students to opt for physics at A-level and beyond and to raise the profile of physics within our community. In July, we were recognised and rewarded for our efforts with the Community for Learning Award from Brixham College.

The award is in recognition of an individual or a group who helps to raise the profile of education within our local community. The activities and workshops we have organised have caused a buzz around our local town including our most recent event; the Egg Lander Challenge. This was attended by all of the schools in the partnership and required small teams of students to complete small egg-based physics challenges to earn materials to build a device to successfully land a raw egg being dropped from three meters.

Previous winners of the Community for Learning award have included the school’s Big Band who have taken music to the community and a school media group who made a promotional video for the local Lifeboat Station. The award consists of a lovely glass trophy and was presented by Sean Conway, aka “The Beard”, who is known for his extreme triathlon challenges that have been aired on the Discovery Channel.

 “I was absolutely bowled over when we won the award; it has been a real team effort and the whole department has got behind us to help run and promote the Ogden work. The students involved are thrilled to have been part of this project and it is a real honour to have been recognised for their hard work and dedication”.

The South Devon Ogden Partnership will continue to run for its fourth year where strong links have been made between the partnership schools. There are many new trips and events planned to continue to show Devon pupils that physics is awesome!”