It was a highly successful day on Saturday at the county schools’ championships with 17 of our students representing the High Peak area. The outstanding performance was by Will Longden who won the year 10/11 race from Sam Soles in third place. Both have been selected for the English Schools finals in Leeds in March. All students ran really well on a tough muddy course and Amy Whelan and Stuart Diamond both finished 10th and are currently reserves for the championships.
Congratulations too to our year 7 girls who finished 6th, 14th and 15th and won the team title!
A group of year ten and eleven students enjoyed a first day back to school with a difference when they took part in a workshop run by Dr Arthur Turrell from the Bank of England. Arthur is an ex student who has worked as a physicist at Imperial College London, has exhibited at the Royal Society and won the Rutherford Prize for the Public Understanding of Plasmas. He now lives in London and works as a research economist for the Bank of England. One of his motivations for school outreach work is that careers in quantitative subjects are widely misunderstood and that this is a barrier to encouraging a more diverse range of people to take them up. He certainly convinced our students (and staff!) who enjoyed fascinating presentations about economics and the Bank of England as well as taking part in a variety of hands on physics activities. Arthur was as impressed with our students as they were with him and we are hoping that his Chapel-en-le-Frith connections mean we will be seeing him again!