Laboratory News on the road….

September 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Posted in On the road | Leave a comment
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We hit the road with our friends at the UK Boarding Schools Guide and visited Bradfield College near Reading.

The college opened the Blackburn Science Centre – named after old boy David Blackburn OBE – last year, and it’s one of the most amazing places we’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Built on the site of the old biology block, this brand-spanking new building boasts state-of-the-art labs, preprooms and classrooms.

But more than that – it’s got a bespoke programme written by Siemens which monitors energy and water consumption against energy and water generation. It’s got a BREEAM rating of excellent – meaning the building meets the sustainable and environmental standards it was expected to. You can even follow what’s going on online!

We were shown around by Head of Science, Rob Dethridge, who happened to mention that since the building had been open, there had been a 40% increase in the number of students wanting to take science – they even had to continue using two temporary classrooms as demand was so high.

Whether it was the new facilities, or the fact the science is becoming more attractive I don’t know, but this can only be a good thing. It was hard not to be in awe – everywhere there was something to attract your attention, whether it was the pupil’s work on the walls, the solar panels and grassland on the roof, or the fish tank photoframe in the biology corridor.

It certainly was  stimulating place – lets hope this is a future of science which can be applied to all schools.

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