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Success for Year 9 students at annual science competition

A team of young scientists from Ixworth Free School travelled across to Saxmundham Free School on 2 February 2016 to compete against Beccles and Saxmundham in the latest Cross Trust Competition – Fame Lab. The competition, open to Year 7, 8 and 9 students from the three schools in the Trust was decided by each team of students giving short presentations on a science topic of their choice.

Beccles Free School did incredibly well to retain the title they won last year and were presented with a special ‘Cross Trust’ trophy as the overall winners, after students from Year 7 gave an excellent presentation on global warming, and students from Year 8 did an exciting demonstration of the science behind bubbles. Ixworth Free School meanwhile was announced as Year 9 winners after giving a fascinating insight into why glow-sticks work. All presentations, which varied from fire breathing to the solar system, were judged by Izzy Botfield from Eastern and Otley College and Eric Spicer OBE, who runs a STEM enrichment class at the Free Schools.

The ‘Fame Lab’ was the fifth ‘Cross Trust Challenge’ event to take place this academic year, following competitions in sport, chess, arts and poetry.

Dr Rob Cawley, Principal and CEO of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, said: “The Cross Trust Challenges are a great opportunity for students from all three of our Free Schools to come together to compete, have fun, discover new skills and talents and make new friends. The challenges set reflect our Trust-wide approach of helping students to develop a love of learning for life, which will guide them beyond the school gates.

“I am delighted that so many students demonstrated a real passion for science at the ‘Fame Lab’ competition. Well done to all involved for your exciting experiments and well prepared presentations, and particularly well done to the winning year groups from Beccles and Ixworth Free Schools.”

A huge well done to all the students who took part on behalf of Ixworth Free School, the standard of the competition was incredibly high and we all look forward to competing against Beccles and Saxmundham again at the next Cross Trust Event. Congratulations once again to Beccles for a fantastic team performance.