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Year 9 Measure Snakes at a University Masterclass

Year 9 go to a Science Masterclass at the Unversity of Wolverhampton as part of the Aspire to Be Programme

Mrs Ward, Science, took 15 year 9 students to a Science masterclass at the University of Wolverhampton recently.  

The group toured the university to experience university life and the facilities that Wolverhampton offers. They then met with Science academics from the University and were able to discuss with them their jobs and how they got to where they are.  Later, they had a presentation by an expert on reptiles, a herpetologist, who is a past television personality, Mark O’Shea. He told them about his travels around the world and the experiences he has had. They then examined samples of snakes (dead ones not live!) and used equipment to identify features about the snakes for identification.students measuring snakes

After lunch students made aspirin tablets and analysed ingredients using a range of techniques. student with tablets










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This visit was part of a programme of activities our students have been participating in this year on the  Aspire to HE initiative to encourage our students to aspire and consider Higher Education and professional careers in the future.  To find out more about this programme go to

Mrs Ward said,"Our students were inspired by the opportunities that university offered them, they took part in all the activities with great enthusiasm, I was proud to take them."