2016 was the biggest year for game designers as nearly 70 students from Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics, Long Stratton High School, East Point Academy and Pakefield High School took part in the annual Lowestoft Young...
On a sunny morning in early July 2016, the A-level physics and chemistry students scrambled aboard a coach and headed off to the UK’s newest nuclear power station – Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast. As the coach raced along the A12...
Biology AS students visited the Sanger Institute in Cambridge before the end of term.
On arrival we were met by the educational officer and were given an introduction to the aims of the Sanger Institute and its role in Genome sequencing. Afterwards we were presented with a fascinating talk from a PhD student on her work on researching the genomes involved in muscular dystrophy using the zebrafish as a model.
Our next activity involved the group researching the genetics of bacterial pathogens, such as MRSA and Salmonella, where the sequencing took place and the cost of possible solutions.
Finally, we had a tour of the science village which is continually growing; the number of server blades is so great that the electricity required is too great to be taken from the National Grid! We toured with another PhD student who described his career pathway. We learnt about the career opportunities for Bioinformaticians (mathematicians who deals with the data produced from genome sequencing).
Our students were impressed with the number of cafés present over the site; employees are encouraged to use the cafés for one to one meetings and to encourage working in a shared environment.
The visit was truly inspiring and will have even more meaningful to the students when we study Genetic engineering at college. ... See MoreSee Less
At the start of July we welcomed 60 students from Roman Hill Primary School :-) for an Aspirations Day - a chance to tour the college, explore some of the subjects on offer led by our sixth form students and enjoy the facilities.
We hope to see you again soon! ... See MoreSee Less
The academic year ended with a couple of trips run by the PE department!
EPQ and BTEC Sport Y12 students spent Friday 24 June down Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre Sailing to celebrate the end of the academic year all afternoon.
BTEC Sport and Outdoor Adventure Y12&13 students traveled down to Combat in Thetford on Tuesday 5 July to end their year with a fun day of paintball! ... See MoreSee Less
Study locally but think BIG! Dream BIG! Whatever you want to achieve you can do it. There's some many options out there. We're looking forward to chatting with our new students at enrolment about their next steps as they join us in September. ... See MoreSee Less
A Level Physics & Chemistry students
Embark on fission trip!
On a sunny morning in early July 2016, the A-level physics and chemistry students scrambled aboard a coach and headed off to the UK’s newest nuclear power station – Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast.
As the coach raced along the A12 towards our destination, excitement on board was clearly mounting, particularly when glimpses of the characteristic mighty airline-collision-proof sparkling white dome first came into view. Once inside the facility, the students were given a talk on the rigorous, and admittedly impressive, safety procedures in place on the site – there have been no serious accidents or injuries since the station was first commissioned in 1995 – a truly impressive statistic.
Once inside, and having been festooned with enough health and safety equipment to give an occupational therapist a heart attack – a hi-vis jacket, hard hat, radiation gloves and ear plugs to name but a few – the students headed off to the main security check point. Having been screened, scanned, prodded and searched, we finally made it through the main turnstiles and onto the officially ‘nuclear’ part of the site.
What then followed was a fascinating 3 hour tour of the entire facility (with the exception of the nuclear reactor). Perhaps most striking of all was the sheer scale on which the electricity production takes place. The power station consisted of everything from its own on-site armed police force, to a gigantic fish filtration system. In order to provide a coolant, 13 million litres of seawater are sucked in from the neighbouring North Sea every minute, with many unfortunate critters plucked from their cosy briny depths and involuntarily brought along for their own brief tour of Sizewell B. The facility is the only power station in Europe that has its own in-house giant ‘fish sieving’ system; it was indeed a spectacular and rather heart-warming sight to see the likes of cod, haddock, sole and pollock whizzing by beneath our feet on an aquatic rollercoaster ride back out to sea.
The tour ended with a much needed hearty lunch, followed by a tour of the Sizewell B Visitor Centre.
As they clambered back onto the coach for the journey home, the students were visibly glowing (though fortunately not in the luminous yellow sense).
It had been a fantastic day and had certainly given us all plenty to think about in terms of nuclear power as a viable energy source for the future of our planet. ... See MoreSee Less