Prince William School opens new science block

Cllr Sandra Naden-Horley from Northamptonshire County Council, Tom Pursglove MP, Prince William School Principal Elizabeth Dormor, school governor Debbie Twigger and school governor Emma Tansley

Cllr Sandra Naden-Horley from Northamptonshire County Council, Tom Pursglove MP, Prince William School Principal Elizabeth Dormor, school governor Debbie Twigger and school governor Emma Tansley

Prince William School’s new science block opened at the start of term, and was named by a group of pupils after Francis Crick, Northamptonshire’s famous scientist. The new facility will allow 14 classes of young scientists to study at one time.

At the official opening in September, Tom Pursglove MP encouraged the students to “make the most of it, and keep working. Hard work pays dividends in the end”.

To cheers of the pupils, he unveiled the dedication plaque.

Chris Campbell, Assistant Principal: Science at Prince William School said that the block is already having a positive effect on pupil enthusiasm. “The new facilities will ensure that science lessons can be conducted with a greater level of challenge which in turn will increase engagement and enthusiasm in the classroom. The block will benefit both our current and our future pupils by creating a fantastic new learning environment with modern equipment,” he said.

Family owned construction company Jeakins Weir have been building for Prince William School and other Northamptonshire schools such as Roade Primary School, Moulton Primary School and Henry Chichele Primary School for 30 years, and completed the modern science block for £3.6 million. The new building, with its impressive facilities and capacity, has been welcomed by the school.

Mr Campbell said: “It is an impressive building, one that staff and students alike will simply just enjoy being in and working in, and that in itself will make people more enthusiastic towards science.”

Asked whether the block is worth this investment, Mr Campbell said: “Investing in science and education is essential to overcome environmental challenges in the future. Providing high-quality teaching facilities is incredibly important in order to help young people at the Prince William School reach their full potential. The new Science block is something for all members of the school community to be proud of.

“This pride will be reflected in students’ attitude and work ethic as they use the new facilities.”

The funding came from Prince William School’s sponsors, the EMLC Academy Trust, which began sponsoring PWS in 2015, allowing the school to start this refurbishment programme.

Johnny Capstick-Dale
December 2018