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Tomorrow’s world

A brand-new laboratory at Claremont High School inspires the scientists of the future 

At Claremont, senior colleagues recognise the potential not only in investing in people, but also in resources. So back in June last year, when Mr Reid, Chief Finance Officer, became aware of the opportunity to bid for a Grants4Schools, he asked Executive Headteacher Ms Hyde-Boughey and Head of Science Ms Patel to help him submit a bid to create a new laboratory for the Science Department.  

Several months later, in December, Claremont received an early Christmas present… They learnt that the school’s bid was successful, securing funding from the Wolfson Foundation. The refurbishment took place over the Easter holidays and the result was a sleek, state-of-the-art science lab. 

‘The new classroom has a vibrant and modern presentation,’ says Mr Shah, Chemistry teacher. ‘The learning space has been put to maximum use, with a designated practical area that allows learning to be carried out more effectively. Students can now transition between practical and theoretical work in a more timely fashion.’ 

Pupils from Year 8 definitely agree: 

‘The new lab is more open and spacious, which makes the learning environment more comfortable,’ says Moctar Sangare. 

‘It also has more sockets and gas taps,’ adds Martina Dascalu, ‘which allows us to work in smaller groups and participate more in practical work.’ 

‘I’m really happy with the new laboratory,’ Swara Bhatt says. ‘Now I can face the screen and make notes without having to constantly rotate between this and the teacher.’ 

‘Students have been genuinely impressed and happy with the updated facilities in the new lab,’ says Dr Egan, Acting Head of Science. ‘A huge thanks to everyone involved in the project - we know there was a lot of work behind the scenes to make this happen.’  

The laboratory certainly proves the power of recognising an opportunity, working collegially and always seeking to provide the best possible learning environment for students. What exciting new discoveries will tomorrow’s scientists make in this lab in the years ahead?