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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Bolton School has become the first school and only the second academic institution in the country to employ an Ogden Physics Teaching Fellow.
Mr Mark Ormerod has been appointed from a highly competitive field and will begin work in September of this year. Mr Ormerod was Head of ICT at Bacup and Rawtenstall and, more recently, has been coordinating Key Stage 3 physics at the Grammar School at Leeds.
This innovative role will focus on nurturing physics students and teachers at local schools and widening the participation in and uptake of Physics at A level. Particular focus will be on children in the 11-16 years' old age range. The teaching fellow will be a full member of staff at Bolton School based in the Physics Department but will spend roughly four days per week working with local schools and children, based on an existing Ogden Trust partnership and in collaboration with the local authority and through the Institute of Physics' Stimulating Physics Network. Mr Ormerod will also teach Physics at Bolton School for one day a week.
Mr Ormerod said: "I am very pleased to have been chosen for this important and exciting role. Physics is a fascinating subject which underpins advances in technology and helps us to understand the world in which we live. I am looking forward to getting out into the local Bolton community and to inspiring pupils and teachers alike with the wonder of physics!"
Mr Philip Britton, Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list for services to physics, said: "As a school we are very excited about hosting the Ogden Teaching Fellow. Their work serves not just the local community but, hopefully, the country as we desperately need more physicists and scientists in order to compete on the world stage in both academia and in business."
The University of Warwick also has an Ogden Physics Teaching Fellow.
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