Watford Partnership

Year of Formation:2014
Hub:Watford Grammar School for Boys
Co-ordinator:Corinne Groves

Partnership schools:Merchant Taylors' Prep School; Parmiter's School; Reach Free School; Rickmansworth School; Royal Masonic School for Girls; St Albans High School for Girls; St Clement Danes School; St Joan of Arc Catholic School; Watford Grammar School for Girls; Westfield Academy

The Watford Partnership has a core of schools committed to developing enrichment and engagement in physics for all our students across all age ranges. The partnership is working well in that a number of schools take responsibility for different activities. In our previous two years we have been successful in hosting events for students. In 2017, we aim to continue with this focus but also to offer CPD for non-subject specialists, especially primary teachers.

This past year we have run a Year 13 Symposium to provide enrichment materials for students applying to study physics at university. It was the second year we had run this and students said they found it very useful, particularly the opportunity to discuss physics with like-minded students. We also carried out mock interviews for students applying to university, which students felt was a good reflection of what they would experience in real situations. A Rocketry Workshop engaged Year 7 students in physics through a 'hands-on' fun enrichment activity; whilst other lectures have been open to students and in some instances parents too: An audience with Tim Peake while on the Space Station; a lecture by Melanie Windridge on Auroras; a lecture at Hertfordshire University; and subsidised tickets to a Brian Cox Roadshow at the Watford Colosseum.