Our Year 12 Physics students have visited the EDF nuclear power station located south of Hartlepool. This trip was fantastic as it was both enjoyable and had many links with the A level Physics course.
After an explanation of how the plant worked, the boys took a tour of the control room simulator. Jack Pearson became Homer Simpson and simulated a complete shutdown of the reactor and the room became a chamber of noise and flashing lights.
The boys visited the turbine room and saw the vast size of both the turbines and the generators with the room they were encased easily being able to fit the entire school. The noise inside was deafening with blades weighing many tonnes moving at 3,000 rpm.
The tour carried on into the pumping station where a massive water supply helps to cool the pure water after it has been through the turbines. They pump enough water to create a small river. The fire station they have is small but they are one of the only power plants in EDF that have their own fire engine.
Year 12 Biology and Chemistry students have enjoyed an excellent visit to Shasun Pharmaceuticals in Cramlington. After an interesting introduction about the company, and the life cycle of pharmaceutical products, the boys were given a tour of the site. This included visits to the research and process safety labs, the pilot and full-scale production plants and the biological treatment plant. It was fascinating to see how processes and concepts studied in school are applied in a real-life working environment.
Year 12 twins, Christopher and Stephen Hierons have managed to achieve a full house of near-perfect A level results.
Christopher and Stephen, 18, achieved all A*s and As in their chosen subjects. Christopher saw results of three A*s in Biology, History and his extended project qualification (EPQ) with an A in Chemistry whilst Stephen got a straight set of As in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The boys will now go their separate ways as they move to university in September with Christopher choosing to study biomedical sciences at Durham University and Stephen enrolling on a course of biochemistry at the University of St Andrew's.
By James, Year 12.
On Friday the 26th March, those studying A Level Politics and other interested students got the unique experience of our own private Question Time with Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell. We had the opportunity to ask the Labour MP questions on issues studied as part of the A Level syllabus as well as issues of current affairs such as Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the EU referendum.
Adam Bainbridge, 18, has become the first student to leave NSB’s Sixth Form for an Oxbridge place. Adam, who was Head Boy, is now heading off to read law at Jesus College. His offer of a place has been supported with exceptional grades in his A levels - an A* in Biology and As in Religious Studies and Spanish.
This marks a significant milestone for the newest independent Sixth Form in the region. Adam’s results reflect continued success for the Sixth Form which this year sees a high proportion of Year 11 students go on to study in Year 12 at NSB.
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