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Hilderthorpe School wins national award for making science fun

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Hilderthorpe Primary School at Bridlington has scooped a national award for inspiring its pupils by making science fun.

The school's two science co-ordinators, Gail Pugh and Molly Fletcher, attended the national finals of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Enthuse Celebration Awards in London, where Hilderthorpe won UK primary school of the year.

The school had previously been named as primary school of the year for the north and Scotland region.

Kate Sutton, science lead at Burlington Junior School, also in Bridlington, won the regional individual award for outstanding STEM teacher for the north and Scotland and was in the final five for the national award.

The awards recognise progress made by schools in science and how they have enthused staff, children and the wider community.

Gail and Molly said: "We were really surprised to win, but we were delighted. The judges were very impressed with our long-term picture for science, which is to inspire the aspirations of primary school children to consider STEM careers, and they also mentioned our outreach work with other schools."

The two Hilderthorpe teachers have recently returned from CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research near Geneva. They were part of the first group of primary school teachers to visit to learn about the Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

Hilderthorpe Primary School headteacher Kath Carlisle said: "To win a national award for our successes in teaching science, and inspiring our children to have a love of science, is the culmination of the hard work and commitment by all the staff. We're thrilled to have our hard work acknowledged by this national award."

Kate Sutton has also raised the profile of science at Burlington Junior School, which has attained the Primary Science Quality mark bronze award in recognition of the school's progress, development and commitment to improving science.

She recently attended a residential course at the STEM Centre on the University of York campus and has subsequently shared what she learned with staff, benefiting all the children, developing science learning and also links with the community.

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: "It is important that all children and young people develop a love for science as it is a subject that touches all of our lives, whether it be in the field of medicine and health care, engineering, new technology or understanding the world around us.

"There are many careers that relate to the STEM subjects and our young people should be able to embrace those opportunities."

Caption: Gail Pugh, Kath Carlisle and Molly Fletcher celebrating the win with pupils Reece, Sylvia and Erin.