On Wednesday evening, staff, pupils and Governors of the Prep welcomed guests from Cheltenham schools and the wider science community to the new refurbished Science Centre, as part of its official opening. Open for learning since September 2015, the modern building, containing four state of the art classrooms for pupils aged 7-13, is stage one of a wider plan to provide university grade STEM facilities for pupils of Cheltenham College Preparatory School. The centre will be complemented by the addition of brand new Design Technology classrooms next year.
Guests to the grand opening on Wednesday, including Cheltenham College Headmaster, Dr Peterken, and representatives of the Cheltenham Science Festivals and the University of Gloucestershire, were invited to explore the facilities and try out a selection of experiments, guided ably by The Prep's Year 7 scientists. Headmaster of The Prep, Mr Jon Whybrow, was delighted to share the facilities with external visitors and take the opportunity to thank all of the staff involved in making the new classrooms a success. "Great staff can overcome bad facilities," Mr Whybrow said. "But great facilities cannot make great teaching staff, and we are so lucky to have such an excellent team of Science staff working in this new building."
The centre certainly wowed guests who were impressed by the technology in use, including dual HD projectors and visualisers. "These facilites would be the envy of any medical school - let alone a Prep school," said guest of honour, Mr John Ferris, before he declared the building open by delivering his very own experiment: setting the ceremonial ribbon alight!