It’s not rocket science! Actually, it is! – Expanding resources at HPS

Science week at HPS.
“Science Week is so good. One afternoon we had a talk given by a neuro-surgeon. I just felt privileged to be there.”
An A level science student hoping to read medicine.
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Lord Robert Winston with HPS Students

“Dissection Club is the highlight of my week! I dissected a squid recently – my parents can’t believe the things we do! It has made me want to become a doctor, and I’m working towards that goal now.”GCSE Science Student

At a glance…
  • 88% of all students (1,200 pupils) are now studying science at the school, compared with 80% when the project first began in 2014.
  • Currently 95% of GCSE Science pupils achieve grades A-C, compared with 81% of students in 2014.

If you'd like to learn more about the HPS Trust’s ‘Supporting Science’ project, please visit their website: www.hpstrust.co.uk

The Mohn Westlake Foundation is proud to support the HPS Trust’s ‘Supporting Science’ project, a major initiative established in 2014 with the aim of improving academic standards in science at Holland Park School.

“The last two years of support from the Foundation have been, in the true sense of the word, transformitive. The Science Clubs, the incentive rewards for disaffected students, combined with the higher standard of training our teachers have received, has led to an incredible upward trend in our results. Students are excited by the experiences we are giving them.”Deputy Head, Science Team Leader

The project includes the provision of a number of stimulating, extra-curricular science clubs, such as Engineering Club, Astronomy Club and Reptile Keepers; excursions to places of scientific interest, including a planned trip to CERN; special courses for Sixth Form students applying to read science at university; and an annual in-school science week with visiting scientists, academics, and prominent professionals. In addition, the project offers special provision for disadvantaged students, and professional development opportunities to attract and retain highly qualified science teachers. The grant also allows the school to expand its resources, providing high quality scientific equipment which would otherwise be impossible to have, such as an astral telescope and high-precision microscopes.


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The fundamental aim of the project is to stimulate school-wide interest and enthusiasm for science, help raise academic achievement in science, and encourage and support those students with aspirations to study the sciences at university.

One long-term aim – to encourage and support those students with ambitions to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine – is proving highly successful. Amongst the outstanding successes of the project has been the consistent rise in both academic achievement at GCSE and the uptake of sciences at A level, with significant numbers of students now leaving the school to study the sciences, engineering and medicine at Russell Group and other universities.

The richer educational opportunities and experiences allowed by the grant has not only enhanced science as a school subject; it has opened up the prospect of exciting futures and careers for many students who would not have previously considered it a possibility.


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