Last year, we held our first ever Bath Ogden Partnership event - the Space Day. This was a day aimed at inspiring Year 7 pupils, particularly those from a disadvantaged background, into studying physics and considering further education. Boys and Girls from Beechen Cliff School, Hayesfield Girls School and St Gregory’s School visited the University of Bath for a fun-filled day of inspiration. They attended a comet making workshop hosted by the National Space Centre, experienced the space dome, learned about the solar system and listened to an incredible lecture on black holes and space exploration. They also had a tour of the University. The day was very well received by all and it was felt that the pupils really benefitted, particularly those who would not normally be able to experience such things. We will certainly run the day again.
As for 2016–17, we need to focus on strengthening the partnership. As well as the space day, we plan to hold a careers day, a series of competitions involving rocketry, data-logging, and photography, and put on a theatrical production “the last baguette” which will tell the story of love and discovery in the world of particle physics.