Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion High School


We're proud to be finalists in this years
Rolls-Royce Science Prize

Our aim in this competition is to develop a programme of space themed activities for the Science Club. The theme is “Journey to Mars”, and we will include aspects of the sciences, engineering, horticulture and food technology. The theme is going to run for the whole year, and some of the sixth form are going to take the resources and run their own club for Years 5 and 6 at Llanfair Primary School. They need to spend 30 hours planning and delivering community service as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. Working with the primary school will give them the chance to fulfil this, along with developing valuable transition links between the two schools.

Launching our rockets
Team building-safely moving the “radioactive” source

Constructing our rockets
Team building-safely moving the “radioactive” source


We plan for our competition entry to be a sustainable project, with students in future years continuing the links with the primary school and encouraging an interest in STEM subjects that will begin at an at primary and stay with the pupils as they move through high school. Having the support of Rolls-Royce this year will be very invaluable in making sure that, through participating in this competition, our pupils increase their “Science Capital” and are given the chance to see what opportunities there are in STEM based careers. To further this throughout the year we hope to invite external STEM providers to the school. We have already booked Techniquest Glyndwr to visit in November to run a space themed day for pupils in year 5, 6 and 7, and hope to invite more visitors during the year.

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize was founded in 2004. It is part of Roll-Royce’s STEM education programme that aims to reach 6 million young people by 2020. They want to inspire the highest quality teaching in science and maths classes so that each generation of students can reach their full potential. The Science Prize has three main objectives: · Recognise and reward excellence in science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching contexts. · Promote sustainable teaching ideas that address specific needs in schools and colleges. · Contribute to teachers’ continuing professional development. The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is a two-year rolling competition. In the first year up to sixty entries from the total received are awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award, with which to progress and complete their entry into the Science Prize. The Special Merit Award winning entries form the shortlist, from which Rolls-Royce select their finalists. The finalists receive a further £5,000 and a video camera to capture the development of the project.


Mr Urdd takes off
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We sent a weather balloon soaring up to 35000 feet! – that’s over 6 1/2 miles high!! – and these are the highlights of its journey. At it’s highest point there’s a fantastic image of the curvature of the earth with Mr URDD – a picture drawn by one of our primary school learners – looking down! (I think Mr URDD got a bit of a sun tan)

The balloon was fitted with a tracker and we followed its complete journey online recording its height, temperature and speed. The route was displayed on the TV in school. The balloon 1st travelled north, then south in the upper atmosphere winds, to then travel norh again to a field near to Chirk.

weather balloon tracker

Project Diary Entries

May 2019

Gareth Smith, Chemistry Teacher

Vickie Faulkner, Science Technician & Project Lead

Tudor Jones, Biology Teacher

Matthew Palmer – Head of Science

Eluned Downes,Bursar – Expenditure update

Neil Chattle

Neil is our mentor from Rolls-Royce – this is his Twitter timeline