Jeremy Thomas has been the Abingdon Science Partnership (ASP) Co-ordinator since joining Abingdon School in January 2016, where he is also a Physics teacher and sixth form tutor. The ASP activities he is particularly involved with are leading physics workshops for primary and secondary schools; co-ordinating student research projects through the Institute for Research in Schools and Royal Society Partnership Grants; teaching GCSE Astronomy; and leading CREST Award workshops and Science Oxford Saturday Science Clubs for primary-school-aged children.
Previously he has taught physics and science at state and independent schools in Cornwall, Devon and Hampshire following an early career in research at The Met Office and the British Antarctic Survey. As ASP Co-ordinator, he has built opportunities for working with a large number of primary and secondary schools across Abingdon and beyond, particularly exploiting the facilities provided by the dedicated partnership lab within the Yang Science Centre and relying on the expertise and commitment of Abingdon School’s science teaching and support staff. Jeremy led the formation of the Ogden Trust’s Abingdon Primary Science Partnership, providing eight local schools with bespoke professional development and resources, as well as becoming an Ogden Trust training provider for primary partnerships from Gloucestershire to the Isle of Wight. Other organisations he works with are the Institute of Physics; the Institute for Research in Schools and the Practical Action development charity. Jeremy is particularly proud to be a Trustee of Abingdon’s ATOM Festival of Science and Technology and works with the Festival committee throughout the year to help bring this very special, annual event to Abingdon.
For an insight into his role, take a look at this blog post: Three years in the life of a Science Partnership Coordinator.
For an in-depth profile of the ASP, its co-ordinator and the role of the ASP Assistant, Megan Milarski, listen to this podcast hosted by Dr Mark Thornton of Stories from Science and Chair of Abingdon’s ATOM Festival of Science and Technology: