Grant will fund science outreach

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The Royal Latin School has secured a grant of £20,000 from the Lillingstone Trust, to fund its community science outreach programme for a further 12 months.

The programme delivers science fairs to 1,000 local primary school children and hosts science sessions for community groups such as the U3A, Brownies and Cubs.

The activities are based in the Lillingstone Trust Community Laboratory in the school’s new Discovery Centre, which opened last year.

As well as supporting the community laboratory and the science outreach programme, the Lillingstone Trust offers a scholarship scheme to local pupils, giving scholarships to pupils from lower income backgrounds who wish to study science at research-based universities.

The scheme has six current scholars, and a further eight scholarships were awarded in 2015 for pupils starting university this autumn.

RLS director of development Jo Ballantine said: “We are delighted that the Lillingstone Trust has decided to fund our science outreach programmes for another year. We remain deeply committed to providing opportunities to enable the community to benefit from the science education and facilities we can offer, and the Lillingstone Trust funding makes all of this work possible.”

The funding will also allow the free public Lillingstone Lecture series to continue, with talks from visiting lecturers from across the UK.

The next lecture, on September 21, will be from Prof Bill Murray of Warwick University, about the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle and his work at CERN.