Pupils get input into new science lab design

Pupils at work in the new science lab at Richard Coates CofE Middle School in Ponteland.
Pupils at work in the new science lab at Richard Coates CofE Middle School in Ponteland.

Pupils at a Ponteland school came up with a range of interesting design options for its new state-of-the-art science lab.

With the introduction of the updated national curriculum, the decision was taken by staff at Richard Coates CofE Middle School to re-design and modernise the science department.

Part funding for the project to supplement its existing facilities was provided by the Richard Coates Educational Foundation.

Pupils were given the opportunity to research the various modern science laboratory designs, as well as logistical providers.

The school’s science subject leader, Alan Carter, said: “It was fantastic to see the passion and commitment pupils had for their school and education. They were all able to present a wide variety of designs and list of potential companies to the science team.

“In the end it was a difficult decision to make, but we chose a design that was felt most suitably met the needs of our Key Stage 2 pupils and the results have been fantastic.

“The new Key Stage 2 resources also serve to complement our existing facilities utilised by Key Stage 3 and the science team has ensured that the curriculum for the subject at Richard Coates is forward-thinking and inspirational.

“In addition, we have recruited a science specialist with secondary school experience to maximise the impact on our pupils and further challenge the most able pupils.”