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Local schoolboy wins Scientist of the Year



A local schoolboy has won the Key Stage 2 Scientist of the Year at a science fair organised at the University of Surrey this week.

Run by the multi-academy GLF Trustm students from a range of local primary and secondary schools competed in years groups head to head to be named Scientist of the Year.

Max Barr of Salfords Primary School was named winner for his Key Stage with a project on how to make gases at home.

Winner of the other Key Stages were:

Sophia Briscoe, of Merstham Primary School, for Key Stage 1 Primary Scientist of the Year for her work on the subject of whether boys are completely hygienic.

The Key Stage 3 winners were Faith Walker, Poppy Wigley and Elsie Wright from The Beacon Secondary School on the taste of coffee.

Hillcroft School pupils at the Science Fair

The event was held at the prestigious venue on Wednesday when the university’s Professor Jim Al Khalili was one of the key note speakers along with Jo Fox, US Space Ambassador and head of Spacefund.

Each school, all members of the multi-academy GLF Trust, held its own science fair prior to this week’s final to choose a winning project and runner-up for the university date. Pupils had worked on their own projects at home in order to take part in the event.

“The standard of children’s science projects this year were exceptionally high. It was amazing to see so many excited and engaged children enjoying science and sharing their love of this awesome subject with others,” said Tom Holloway, GLF Primary Science Leader.

Subjects chosen by the students ranged from how to make gases at home to the chemical composition of coffee and a number of businesses and organisations gave up their time to help with the event.

“It would not have been possible without the support of so many, including Pfizer, Atkins, SES Water, Pirbright Institute and Electronic Arts,” added Mr Holloway.

The KS1 winner was Sophia Briscoe, of Merstham Primary School; KS 2 was Max Barr, of Salfords Primary School with a project on how to make gases at home. The KS3 winners were Faith Walker, Poppy Wigley and Elsie Wright from The Beacon Secondary School on the taste of coffee.

The complete list of schools taking part:
Chestnut Park Primary School
Cuddington Croft Primary School
Danetree Primary School
Hammond Junior School
Lime Tree Primary School
Lorraine and Pine Ridge schools
Marden Lodge Primary School
Salfords Primary School
Warlingham Village Primary School
Windmill and Wheatfied Primary School
Whyteleafe Primary School
Hillcroft Primary School
Merstham Primary School
Cordwalles Junior School
Southgate Primary School
Lightwater Primary School
The Beacon secondary school
de Stafford School

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‘Don’t force children to go hungry’ says Crawley Council leader after MP’s vote against extending free school meals



It was always going to cause a huge debate but following a vote in the commons yesterday a motion to extend free schools meals into the holiday period was rejected.

Now Crawley’s Council Leader had spoken out saying that up to 2,511 children in Crawley are now at risk of going hungry over the holidays.

In a statement Cllr Peter Lamb wrote:

“Even before the pandemic, a third of Crawley’s children were growing up in poverty. Now, with more families in Crawley facing unemployment than ever before, the need to ensure children from low-income households are fed through the school holidays has never been greater.”

Now Cllr Lamb has called on the government to extend free school meals into the school holidays, including the upcoming October half term and Christmas, saying this is the only way to ensure no child goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Lamb said:

“Crawley’s economy is suffering the impact of COVID-19 harder than anywhere else in the country, the government’s unwillingness to support the aviation sector having cost the town thousands of jobs with thousands more at risk. Now more than ever we need support for low-income families to ensure the mistakes of the government don’t force children to go hungry.”

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