Rolls-Royce Science Prize rewards excellence in science teaching

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School from Rothbury, Northumberland, has been named as the winner of the 2013 Rolls-Royce Science Prize; an annual competition which celebrates and rewards excellence in science teaching. Each year, Rolls-Royce awards a total of £120,000 in cash prizes to schools who implement motivational science teaching.

2,000 schools and colleges registered for this year's prize, and the winning school was selected from a group of nine finalists who attended an awards ceremony at London's Science Museum. Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School received the winning prize of £15,000 to advance science teaching in their school, along with an invitation to spend a day with the Red Arrows. Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, from Canterbury, Kent, received the runner up prize of £10,000.

Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School's project, 'Learning to Think - Thinking to Learn', aims to challenge pupils in science, maths and geography, by encouraging them to design strategies for limiting the devastating effect of flooding in Rothbury. Pupils have presented their work to the local flood warden and the environment agency and hope to make a real different to the management of the river.

Victoria Sharkey, Head of Science at, Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School, said: "I'm overwhelmed with this win and delighted to accept the science prize on behalf of our teachers and students. We will use this prize to help other teachers follow in our footsteps. It's important that we encourage schools to review their style of teaching so we can work together to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and prepare them for jobs in the 21st century."

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize was set up in 2004, as part of the company's ongoing drive to promote science and engineering in schools by encouraging and rewarding inspirational science teaching. The science prize is open to all schools and colleges in the UK whose teachers attend courses at the National Science Learning Centre's. To date, over £940,000 in prize money has been distributed to over 400 schools across the UK. Rolls-Royce employees also act as mentors to provide support to the schools throughout their projects.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is open to all schools and colleges in the UK attending courses at one of the Science Learning Centre's. Awards are presented to teams of adults, led by practicing teachers, who can create inspiring and sustainable teaching proposals that address a specific need in their school or college. More details are available at www.Rolls-Royce.com/scienceprize
  9. The winning school receives a £15,000 prize and the runner-up wins £10,000. The other seven finalist schools are awarded £6,000 each to implement their projects during the academic year. Fifty schools that submit entries of a very high standard, but do not reach the finals, will win a Special Merit Award of £1,000 each. The fifty schools were chosen, in three batches, between January and June 2013.
  10. The nine finalists emerged from a field of 2,000 schools and colleges that registered for the prize before June 2012.

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