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Keele Partnership

Year of Formation:2017
Hub:City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
Co-ordinator:Mark Parton
Email:keele@ogdentrust.com

Partnership schools:Newcastle Academy; Newcastle-under-Lyme College; Newcastle-Under-Lyme School; St Thomas More Catholic Academy

The Keele partnership is a new partnership for 2017 and involves a variety of providers from the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area. Already planned for 2017 are numerous Astrophysics Stardome events across the city. The Partnership is working closely with Keele University's Astrophysics Department to provide specialist astrophysics support to identify and strengthen links to future (HE) physics study and careers. The final event in this series will culminate in staff and students helping to launch Stoke-on-Trent’s first ever science festival!

We have twilight support sessions planned and manned by vastly experienced physics practitioners to help and support physics GCSE non-specialist teaching across the Potteries. We are investing in hands-on developmental kit to help explore kinematics and motion and as a consequence launching a Rollercoaster Challenge Day.

In order to promote a greater uptake of GCSE triple science we are taking pupils to the National Space Centre to encourage and enthuse an interest in astrophysics.

The year will climax with the Schools Physicist of the Year event, where our hardest working and most committed physicists of the future are rewarded for their commitment and dedication.