Havering Sixth Form College opens new science labs thanks to £100,000 charity grant

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 October 2017

Two science labs with new facilities have been opened at Havering Sixth Form College.

Two science labs with new facilities have been opened at Havering Sixth Form College.

Havering Sixth Form College

A sixth form college was delighted to officially open two new science labs, having made a successful bid to secure £100,000 to fund the project.

Chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, a charity that awards grants to support those in fields such as science and medicine, Paul Ramsbottom, was invited to open the labs at Havering Sixth Form College, Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch.

While Mr Ramsbottom was at the college, he also got a chance to meet science students as they carried out a practical experiment.

He said: “I was delighted to be there and thrilled to see that our funding has helped create these labs which are of such a high standard.

“Most of the work you can’t actually see – it is in the infrastructure, under the floor and in the walls.

“We are very pleased with the results and the project was completed on time and within budget.”

The bid was created by science faculty leader Marianne Knott and assistant principal Sue Bannocks.

They used data and student feedback to communicate what was needed and worked together with assistant principal Andrew Frater and premises manager Rowan Smith to bring the project to reality.

The chief executive said he was impressed with what he saw in the science area and also with the college as a whole.

The opening ceremony followed news that the college’s A-level chemistry results this year were in the top 10pc in the UK.

As part of the opening ceremony, student Shaye Wettner was presented with a trophy for achieving the highest mark in college in his AS chemistry exam.

After Shaye was presented with his award, he said the new labs were more inspiring for students and has the “wow factor”.

Principal Paul Wakeling said: “Wolfson do some fantastic work in sponsoring excellence in science and we are delighted that our bid for funding was granted.

“We are the largest provider of science in London and the refurbishment of these two labs and the prep room in between has ensured we are able to offer state-of-the-art, industry standard science labs along with our fantastic science teachers.”

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