Isaac Newton Academy awarded funding for new science laboratory

Monday 13 January 2020

Isaac Newton Academy has been awarded £27,000 by The Wolfson Foundation towards the cost of a new science laboratory. 


Science forms a key part of the school’s curriculum offer and is becoming increasingly popular at Isaac Newton Academy. The school will be expanding its KS5 curriculum offer next academic year with the option of a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science. Being a fundamental part of the curriculum, the school wants to ensure that practical learning remains at the centre of its approach in continuing to improve exam performance of students and enrich their school experience of science.


To meet the increased demand for science courses at both KS4 and KS5, the school applied for funding to convert an existing general-use classroom into a high-specification science lab to ensure all science lessons are taught in a space fit for purpose.


The refurbishment will include reconstructing the existing classroom with necessary plumbing, joinery and power, as well as fitting specialist laboratory furniture. In addition, it will equip the laboratory with stock required to fulfil the demands of GCSE and A-level specifications, enabling yet more students to be given the access and inspiration to select science-based university and career destinations.


Interim Principal, Jo Spencer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded funding for a new science laboratory. Science is extremely popular with our students here at INA, and the addition of a new science lab will ensure 100% of GCSE and A level lessons are taught in a dedicated science lab that has the facility and equipment to run high quality practical lessons.”


Head of Science, Ross Mounsey, said: “We are extremely excited to get the go-ahead for a new science laboratory at INA. We have a record number of students studying Sciences at GCSE and A level, and this has put increased pressure on current laboratory spaces. The new science laboratory will ensure that our students receive the best practical-centred approach, which has brought so much success in both student attainment and raising interest in the subject.”


The grant has been awarded by The Wolfson Foundation, an independent, grant-making charity based in central London.


Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: “The Foundation is committed to improving the physical learning spaces in secondary schools to allow students to benefit from learning in a modern environment. We were very impressed by the Academy, and are pleased be able to support this important project to create a new science laboratory.”