School hopes to have formula for science prize

A ROTHBURY school has been shortlisted for a prestigious science prize.

Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School is in the running for the Rolls-Royce award after putting forward a proposal which will look at developing questioning techniques with pupils, enabling them to produce more complex scientific questions.

The school has been awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award for being shortlisted.

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is part of the Group’s ongoing drive to promote science and engineering in schools by encouraging and rewarding inspirational science teaching. Each year, Rolls-Royce awards a total of £120,000 in cash prizes to schools in the UK that enter through the Science Learning Centre Network.

More than 2,000 schools entered the competition this year.

Dr Thomlinson’s will find out in July if it is one of nine finalists.

Schools that reach the final nine will receive a further £5,000 to help implement their proposals. They then compete for the main prize of £15,000 and a day with the Red Arrows display team.

Vicki Sharkey, science coordinator at Dr Thomlinson, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been chosen for this award. It is great that we have the chance to demonstrate how important questioning and thinking skills are in science; I believe it is our role to encourage the scientists of the future and give them the skills necessary to compete globally in the 21st century. This award is just the beginning of the changes we need to make in order to achieve this.”