Pupils from Partnering Schools learn Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge


Ten schools from the Independent Schools Association along with their partner schools from the maintained sector took part in a large-scale experiment to learn more about the human brain.

This was led by leading academic Prof. Bruce Hood from the University of Bristol as part of Brain Awareness Week from 13 to 19 March. Students benefited from two expert speakers: Dr Sara Baker and Dr Jon Simons, both psychology doctorates working at the University of Cambridge.

Schools involved included: in the north-west of England, Scarisbrick Hall School and their partner St Bedes Catholic High School; to Bishop Challoner School in Bromley and their partner schools Bonus Pastor Catholic College, Langley Park School for Boys, and St Ursula’s Convent School; to CCSS and Bassingbourn Village College in Cambridgeshire. In all there are around 25 schools and 2000 students.

Stuart Nicholson, Principal At the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies said that 'we were delighted to be able to link up with two top neuroscience researchers from the University of Cambridge, Dr Jon Simons and Dr Sara Baker. We were delighted too that one of our partner schools, Bassingbourn Village College, was also keen to have their students involved and it made for a great joint event.'