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The title of this work is ‘The impact of a book’ and I think it’s rather wonderful


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NPQH taken outside. Activity based on Workload. Thought provoking.


Our pleasure!


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Thank you to the speakers from and who took part in a panel discussion to inform and inspire the students for


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Thank you!😑 for inviting us to do a seminar on Value's and money, we look forward to coming back! 😎


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Stephen Hawking: born on the same day Galileo died, died on the same day Einstein was born. Pi day. Associated with greatness from birth to death. His contribution to science, culture and the world can never be quantified (or quantum-fied, should I say). Thankyou for the stars 💫


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. It was a pleasure delivering an inspirational talk to year 13 students in conjunction with / /


Retention is so complex especially in London. Happy to chat and exchange ideas.


We have 25% PPA time with rarely cover. And no, we’re not subsidised by a sponsor! It is possible.


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Suspect that all three keynotes at are going to focus on this important issue. Lots that heads in ALL settings can learn from what are up to!


Agreed. Myself and the Exec did that when we first took over. Half a day at least every support role. Gave huge insight and worth the time.


At staff briefing, thank with total honesty for behind the scenes effort like the premises team. Give them a round of applause even though they might not be there.


Thanks Andy. Would love to host you for a visit to swop ideas...


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Love this poster - all schools should have a version of this up for the boys. Via


We're working an infographic T&L policy. Meanwhile here's our approach on assessment and feedback. No marking madness!


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Alaaaaaddin! Having a great time on our awards theatre trip for some of our most outstanding contributors to Performing Arts in yr 10 and 11

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Ziggy – A Mars Micro-rover


Modern Mars rovers are large pieces of equipment. The current 'new' rover, Curiosity, is the size of a Mini-Cooper car. This size has a draw back. Rovers of the size of Curiosity, despite the robot arm it carries, cannot access all of the possible sites it encounters. Therefore there are 'missed opportunities' in the mission. Ziggy is designed to fill that gap, by being deployed from a larger 'mother' rover, moving off to access small sites, collecting samples and data then returning to the mother rover to pass on any samples such that they may be analysed by the mother rover and pass on data to be forwarded to Earth.

Ziggy is controlled by a PICAXE micro-controller 28X1 Picaxe chip on a AXE020 project board. Ziggy has an ultrasonic range finder to allow it to navigate and avoid major hazards.

Ziggy has an interchangeable payload/science system called 'SPIDERS' (Science Package Instruments and Detectors) that allow the payload to be mission selected. We have SPIDERS that will allow us to retrieve soil samples, map exposures and send a probe into 'caves' through some of the skylight formations that have been detected on Mars.


Competitions and appearances

  • Big Bang Near Me London Regional winner 2013
  • Big Bang at the Houses of Parliament 2013
  • Finalist, National Big Bang Fair Final NEC Birmingham 2014
  • Channel 4 'Sunday Brunch' programme 2014
  • STEMNET private exhibition for corporate stakeholders, Science Museum, London 2015

Project Pipeline

The development of Ziggy is listed by prototype, below:

Mk I Ziggy

A simple chassis with wheels driven by two motors, controlled by a set of switches, tethered for control and power.

Mk II Ziggy

First complex chassis - a Perspex monocoque with LED lights, wheels, a web cam, powered by electric motors, controlled by a set of switches, tethered.

 This mark was the category winner at Big Bang Near Me.

Mk III Ziggy

First Cab chassis, wheels, LED lights, wheels, a web cam, powered by electric motors, controlled by a PICAXE board and chip, tethered for camera and power, first SPIDER developed.

Mk IV Ziggy

Second Cab chassis, LED lights, track system, a web cam, powered by electric motors, controlled by a PICAXE board and chip, tethered for camera, on board power, second SPIDER developed, ultrasonic range finder installed.

This mark was Exhibited at the Big Bang @ Parliament

Mk V Ziggy

Third cab chassis, LED lights, track system, a web cam, powered by electric motors, controlled by a PICAXE board and chip, tethered for camera, on board power, on board re-charger, ultrasonic range finder, third SPIDER developed.

This mark was Competitor at National Big Bang Finals, Appeared on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, Exhibited at the Science Museum


 Ziggy requires funding to allow further development.

Further marks of Ziggy will have:

  • An aluminium plate Hull
  • Improved and more versatile SPIDERS
  • Wireless camera
  • ERF/URF radio link for wireless reprogramming
  • 3D printed and then aluminium water cut tracks
  • Improved drive motors and gearboxes

Estimated cost for these enhancements: