CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is where over 2000 physicists and engineers study the basic constituents of matter. They also probe the fundamental structure of the universe using the world’s largest and most complex purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors.
After a lecture on the particle nature of matter and the work done at CERN, the group enjoyed a visit to the control room of the Atlas detector which is part of the Large Hadron Collider and detects the remnants of sub atomic particles including the after they have been accelerated to 99% of the speed of light and smashed together.
During the 3 day visit to Geneva, students also had the opportunity to visit St Peters Cathedral, Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau, a cable car trip to the top of Mount Saleve as well as having some free time to explore Geneva’s old town and shops. Lovely weather and a great time had by all!
It was fantastic today to see our students return to school to collect their GCSE results. At 10am we had a queue of nervous young people and parents at the door waiting for the results to be issued. These young people have worked exceptionally hard, taking more hours of examinations than ever before, in the first year when every GCSE was in the new tougher format leading to grades from 9 to 1. It was great to see the relief and the boost to students self-confidence that comes from getting the grades needed to move on to the next stage of education whatever that might be.
Headteacher Simon Grieves said, “I’m delighted with this year’s results. As always I am amazed by the standards that some of our young people can reach, scoring top grades across the board, but I'm even more impressed by those who have overcome adversity to get grades that represent real success for them at whatever level. One of the wonderful things about this school is its inclusivity and I am proud that we can provide all of our students with the education that they need to move on to the next stage in their lives.
I would like to congratulate everyone who has received results today on their achievements and to wish them good luck in the future".