Science in the South West

The Ogden Trust is very pleased to announce its first Phiz Lab in the South West of England, based at Dulverton Junior School – hub school for the Exmoor Primary Science Partnership.

“The official opening last week truly showcased what these spaces are all about: engagement and enthusiasm!” said Dr Alison Rivett, Ogden Regional Representative for the South West. “There was a lovely buzz in the air as the children, ranging from Year 2 to 6, took turns in showing each other the different experiments and science demonstrations that they had brought along.

“The 40 pupils explored all sort of different topics, from magnetism to meteorology, and there were even some very clever robots taking part too. It was inspiring to see the children explaining things to each other (and the adults too) with such eagerness and confidence. 

“One child said at the end: ‘This has been the best day of science ever!’.  Hopefully he will experience many more like it in the Phiz Lab and beyond, as the Exmoor Partnership goes from strength to strength in the future.

“Congratulations to Sally Fulford, Dulverton Junior's Headteacher and Partnership Coordinator for organising such a fantastic morning,” concludes Alison. “And well done to all the staff and students from the partnership schools who provided a great array of hands-on experiments.”

The Phiz Lab was officially opened by Ogden Trust Chief Executive, Mr Tim Simmons. It will be used by pupils at Dulverton Junior School and the eight partnership schools, but will also provide a valuable, practical training room for staff who teach science. 

The grand opening was attended by partnership schools and teachers, representatives of The Ogden Trust and key stakeholders. They were treated to a tour of the facilities and watched as children from the partnership schools conducted experiments and tried out the new equipment.

"The Phiz Lab is great news for the school and for students. It's a fantastic room which provides all the facilities which pupils need to thrive in science. The children are very proud of their new lab, so I think it is going to become a very significant part of school life for years to come."
Sally Fulford, Headteacher at Dulverton Junior School