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Nobel prize-winner opens the new science room at Kensington Wade School

Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize winner and former President of the Royal Society, today visited Kensington Wade to officially open their newly renovated STEAM room.


Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Prize winner and former President of the Royal Society, today visited Kensington Wade, an award-winning, immersive bilingual prep school in Hammersmith, to officially open their newly renovated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) room.

Pupils from local state primary school Melcombe Primary School, with whom Kensington Wade has a partnership and shares facilities, also attended the event. Themes of collaboration, shared scientific endeavour and partnership – locally and internationally – were explored by Sir Paul and the pupils.

Sir Paul addressed pupils from Kensington Wade and Melcombe Primary School during the event, highlighting the importance of science and collaboration in education, and the importance of working with China. “What I would like to see is schemes of mixing of young scientists. They can then learn from each other at an early age and be driven by their natural curiosity.” Pupils and teachers shared results of parallel experiments with microorganisms with Sir Paul, discussing the importance of replication of results in a scientific investigation.

Discussing international collaboration, Sir Paul said “It’s really important that future generations of British scientists can collaborate with China: giving young people the ability to learn Chinese, which Kensington Wade is pioneering in the UK, is a fantastic opportunity, which will be very important as we develop our relationship with China in the coming years.

The Kensington Wade STEAM room facility is designed to enhance creativity, innovation, and collaborative learning, providing students with an exciting environment for exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Kensington Wade Headmaster Huw May said “it is a privilege for our pupils to meet and be inspired by a scientist of Sir Paul’s stature. His work around the world, including extensive collaboration with Chinese colleagues, has real significance for our pupils as they explore science and think about the global future for which we prepare them”.

As one of the UK's most distinguished scientists and a passionate advocate for science communication, Sir Paul Nurse's visit provided students at Kensington Wade with the opportunity of talking to a Nobel Prize winner and leading figure in the scientific community.

November '23