CERN funding

8 February 2019

Secondary schools that are members of the Ogden School Partnership programme can apply for funding towards trips to CERN. In the academic year 2017-18 we supported 24 trips, with over 500 students makingthe journey to this world-leading science research facility.

“The Ogden Trust wants to make sure that inspirational educational experiences are available to students, regardless of their background or financial situation. Funding for visits to CERN is available so that schools can support pupils who might otherwise not be able to make the trip,” explains Programme Officer, Charley Phillips. “The feedback that we get suggests that these visits really ignite the students’ love of science as well as providing new experiences and opportunities.”

“It is absolutely wonderful to see my students blossom in a different environment to the classroom. They were able to spend time independently as young adults and were a pleasure to be with at all times. Taking students who could not normally afford to do this kind of trip is so worthwhile. It was brilliant for their own personal improvement and development that they were able to spend time with other students and scientists at CERN; the benefits of having such an opportunity that would otherwise not have been available to them is immense. A truly inspirational experience for them!”
St Thomas More Catholic Academy

On trips to CERN, students learn about the astonishing particle physics research that is taking place as well as meeting some of the physicists who work at this awe-inspiring facility. Interactive museums give the students a great insight into the history and science of CERN.


The CERN trips normally include cultural excursions in Geneva too, with visits to the UN buildings, science museum and red cross museum often on the itinerary; a traditional fondue evening, has become something of a partnership tradition on CERN visits!

You can read our ‘How To’ guide for advice and guidance if you are thinking about organising a trip.

“Organising the visit as part of our partnership meant students from more schools could take part,” explains Bath Partnership co-ordinator, Andrew Seal. “Without schools working together in partnerships it would not be possible for us to arrange such a trip, which for many of the students will be a once in lifetime visit.”

Schools from the Ogden Bath Partnership took part in a three-day residential trip to CERN. This video, filmed by the students shows some of the things they got to experience on the trip and explains a little more about the science behind the huge particle accelerator.

“We have some students who are keen on science but are also very arty. The universe of particles exhibition in the wooden globe at CERN showed a magnificent merging of those two strands of their lives and more. It is fair to say it blew their minds thinking about all the different career paths that were needed to develop that exhibition. It showed them that the standard idea of a STEM or arts based career is no longer applicable; they can merge them and in fact they can enhance their prospects by doing so. Others in the exhibition were enthralled by the computing tech involved in the interactive displays and how they could mesh programming with a love for physics and science.

“As a teacher, I have learned a lot from the visit too. I have new models and language to use in lessons when teaching and discussing the atom and its constituent parts. I am also now more able to highlight how the GCSE syllabus is relevant to careers in science, and physics in particular.”
Thornaby Academy

The next round of CERN funding is now open (closing on Monday 25 March). Please visit CERN trip funding for more information.

If you are not part of an Ogden partnership, applications for new partnerships are currently open. If you want to be considered for the next academic year you will need to have registered your interest before 1 March.


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