Limited availability left for workshops in the summer term!

30 April 2019

As of this week, only biology workshops are now available for the summer term – so please book while you can!

New this year, for the summer term only, is a Pond Life workshop where we will go pond dipping in the Science Centre’s very own pond. Pupils will then study the pond’s inhabitants using microscopes and use their observations to draw magnified, scale drawings of different pond organisms. (Please note this is suitable for school years 5 and 6.) Plus, we’ve also added extra slots specifically for the Cells and DNA workshop that was so popular last year. We hope you can find something to suit you. Take a look at all the biology workshops on offer here.

Thank you to everyone who has booked a workshop so far, we hope you had a brilliant time! If you have any requests or feedback, please get in touch.

ASP shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards 2019

16 November 2018

Shortlist announced 16 November 2018

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 TES Independent School Awards.

It’s been revealed that the Abingdon Science Partnership has been shortlisted for the independent-state school partnership award.

TES editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. It’s one of our great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème.

“We received a record number of entries this year and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 1 February 2019.

To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit

Primary Science Fair Inspiration Day

9 October 2018

Each year the Ogden Trust’s Abingdon Primary Science Partnership participates in the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology by holding a science fair.

In preparation for ATOM 2019 next March, the teams from each primary school attended an inspiration day workshop co-ordinated by the Abingdon Science Partnership and hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.

The theme for 2019 is ‘To the Moon and Beyond’ commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and encouraging the pupils to develop ideas of their own for the next generation of space exploration missions.

The 48 pupils from eight local primary schools enjoyed a presentation by Dr Neil Bowles, one of Oxford Physics’s leading experts on planetary science missions. During the interactive lecture, Dr Bowles explained how scientists test and prove hypotheses by using the question of whether the Moon is made of cheese as an example. Demonstrating the different thermal properties of cheese and rock he concluded, disappointingly, that it probably isn’t!

The pupils then undertook a series of different, hands on activities with expert planetary scientists and astrophysicists from the university, a meteorite expert from the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the ASP’s own planetary enthusiast, co-ordinator Jeremy Thomas.

This was a fantastic opportunity for local, primary children to experience university level research and learning at first hand and, judging by the chatter on the coach, everyone found it an exciting and inspiring experience. We are very grateful to Dr Sian Tedaldi and her colleagues in the Physics Department for the time and energy they put in to running the event and look forward to similar collaborations in the future.

We are also looking forward to the outcome of the workshop in the exhibits the primary pupils will display at ATOM 2019, both at the Primary Science Fair and at the Family Science Fair on Sunday 24 March in the Yang Science Centre.