”'Brilliant, awesome, inspirational!' are some of the words my 10 year old daughter used to describe her experiences with Abingdon Science Partnership. From making circuits and slime at the Saturday Science Club, to Stargazing with her Brownie Pack at an evening workshop, to taking part in Royal Institution Maths lectures with her school, to meeting the famous Michael Foale and hearing about his amazing space adventure; such a wide range of events that ASP have planned and organised and which my daughter has taken part in at their excellent facilities.
The ASP have made a significant, positive impact on the local community in providing these wonderful opportunities for children and their local schools, clubs and societies - opportunities many children would never normally have. As a Brownie leader in the Girl Guiding Association, the ASP were nothing short of fantastic when it came to helping out my Brownie Pack. Using the criteria for the Science Investigator Brownie badge, the guys set up two fun-filled yet educational workshops, which we attended over two evenings in order for the girls to gain their badges. The Brownies did nothing but smile and work well together as they faced different tasks. At the end of the second session the girls were awarded their badges and they all said that it had been their “best Brownie meeting ever!”. We also awarded Jeremy and Richard a badge, which I believe they wear on their lab coats! It was such a big hit that I contacted Jeremy some months later, this time for the Brownies to gain their Stargazing badge.
Nothing is too much trouble; the staff and sixth formers are friendly, helpful, hardworking and outstanding in their delivery making it easy to understand. As a parent I feel truly grateful that my daughter has been fortunate enough to be able to access and take part in their activities. Thank you ASP!”
Sarah Smith, Abingdon Brownies and Parent
“Last year, we had the privilege of being able to send 3 of our classes to the Abingdon science lab. The children all returned, challenged and enthused having taken part in a wide range of activities from investigating floating and sinking and using levers to create water extraction devices to the excitement of bunsen burners heating different compounds. They had access to excellent facilities and equipment, high quality teaching and - got to wear lab coats! Thank you for having us back this year. Our Y 5/ 6 children were captivated by comparing the DNA of a human and shark whilst our younger ones await their turn with great anticipation.”
Louise Warren, Head-teacher, Buckland CE Primary School
“As Chairman of the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology I and my committee have worked closely with Abingdon School for the past five years. Their support has been outstanding. Their role in organising the participation of local schools through the Abingdon Science Partnership which they have established has been excellent and has been greatly appreciated by the teachers, children and parents. The manager of this Partnership is one of the most active and valuable members of the ATOM Festival Committee. Many of the Festival events take place in the school premises including the theatre and science block, both of which are of the highest standard. The enthusiastic and consistent support of the Headmaster, teaching and non-teaching staff, and the pupils have been most appreciated and valued. The school is not only a major supporter of the ATOM Festival but organises events throughout the year to promote an interest in science among pupils in all local schools. I have the highest admiration for what they do.”
James White, Chairman, ATOM Festival of Science and Technology
“IRIS is thrilled to work with Jeremy and the ASP. They embrace new projects being the perfect hub where schools from the region can work on a range of research areas. They have run the Minecraft project building the ATLAS detector in Minecraft, lead on CERN@school and are playing a key role in the upcoming polar MELT project. Their enthusiasm to embrace new projects and involve many students makes them an incredibly valued key IRIS centre.”
Becky Parker, Director, Institute for Research in Schools, Physics teacher, Visiting Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London
“The Abingdon Science Partnership has been invaluable in supporting our programme of fun, interactive science activities for young people and their families in Abingdon and beyond. Jeremy actively encourages community engagement and works with a wide range of young people to excite and enthuse them about science. The sessions that he runs are always well received – families love the exciting mix of hands-on science and inspirational teaching that the Partnership provides.”
Sophie Batin, Education Outreach Manager, Science Oxford
“The Ogden Trust are delighted to collaborate with Abingdon School, to provide a programme of continuing professional development. The Ogden Trust roots it's expertise and experience in physics curriculum development and applied research. Through working in partnership with Abingdon School, this ensures the high quality of delivery, together with the science department at the school and the outstanding facilities, to promote high quality physics professional learning. Schools in the Abingdon/Oxfordshire area benefit greatly from the interaction between Abingdon School and local teachers - propagating discussions about excellence in teaching and learning in science education, through developing effective partnerships and associations with a variety of stakeholders.”
Wendy Cox, Head of School Partnerships, The Ogden Trust
“At Practical Action we really value our relationship with the Abingdon Science Partnership. Initially working with them enabled us to trial materials for a new STEM teaching resource and evaluate the impact of those materials on pupil learning. ASP then showcased the resulting ‘Stop the Spread’ materials at the Association for Science Education (ASE) annual conference and Jeremy Thomas, ASP co-ordinator, wrote an article on the activity published in Education in Science, a key science journal from the ASE with a subscription of over 10,000. We are also aware that ASP use our materials in their work with primary schools in the region and promotes through their teacher network. All of these activities raise the profile and kudos of our work amongst teachers and education practitioners which is invaluable to us. We look forward to a continuing relationship with ASP and would highly recommend them.”
Julie Brown, Head of Education, Practical Action