Melbourn Village College students get a boost in the labs thanks to TTP partnership
Business pledges £100,000 to help school's science work.
Investment in Melbourn Village College’s science department is marking the dawn of a new era, with a new head of department and a partnership worth £100,000.
Consultancy TTP is helping make the difference with a pledge to the college of £50,000 a year for the next two years.
TTP, based at Melbourn Science Park, has made the pledge to help further develop the school’s high-quality science teaching, both within the curriculum and outside it.
Details of how the money will be spent are still being finalised but a bigger and better science week and a trip to CERN in Switzerland, as well as new resources for day-to-day teaching, are all under consideration.
Simon Holmes, principal of MVC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to boost the science experience of our students, both inside and outside lessons. Once we knew the money was confirmed our challenge was to recruit the highest calibre of science teachers to join our existing staff and move things forwards.”
Peter Taylor, chair of TTP Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Melbourn Village College on their mission to improve science services to all students. Science is such an important part of a child’s education and I believe, as a science employer and local business, that we should support the local community where we can.”
The partnership comes as Ofsted confirms the college’s ‘good’ grading last month, noting that it has continued to improve the quality of education since the previous ‘good’ judgement in 2013.
A clear vision, pupil behaviour and learning were highlighted as strengths.