Stockton students set their sights on CERN

Students and staff from Stockton Sixth Form College will visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland this weekend.

The group of 30 Physics students will be joined by six high-flying Year 10 students from The Grangefield Academy.

The trip will enable students to visit one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research and have lunch with some of the centre’s staff, including physicists and engineers responsible for researching the fundamental structure of the universe.

The group will also be invited to visit the centre’s particle physics laboratory, the largest in the world, and its outstanding research facilities.

The visit has been part-funded by The Ogden Trust, an organisation which supports and promotes the teaching and learning of physics across the country. In 2014, Stockton Sixth Form College became the first school or college in Teesside to be recognised as a regional hub for The Trust’s prestigious Science partnership programme, responsible for helping increase the number of students taking Science subjects at GCSE, A-level and at university.

In their spare time, the group have plans to take in the sights of Geneva, with excursions to Lake Geneva, the United Nations Office and the Jet d’Eau water fountain.

Rachel Angus, Vice Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “This trip has the potential to be life-changing for our aspiring physicists. It will provide an exceptional insight into the world’s largest particle physics lab and showcase all of the careers available in nuclear research.

“We are delighted to extend the offer of the visit to students at one of our most local partner schools, The Grangefield Academy, and hope it raises their aspirations in science and helps with their future studies, too.”

Vicky Pinkney, Vice Principal at The Grangefield Academy said: “We were thrilled when Stockton Sixth Form College approached us about this amazing opportunity.

“By taking part in the visit to CERN, students will not only have their eyes opened to the fascinating world of physics, but by working in partnership with Stockton Sixth Form College it will also allow them to gain a greater understanding of A-Level studies.”