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Love of science takes root at summer school

Published on 12/03/18

Two young biologists from a Norwich school are branching out of the classroom to take part in a prestigious summer school run by one of the region’s major scientific organisations.

Hewett Academy students Isabelle Easter and Sophie Plowman have won places to study plants and microbiology at the John Innes Centre Year 10 Science Camp in July.

They are among just 10 students from Norfolk and Suffolk who have been accepted onto this year’s scheme.

The annual event gives students a week of scientific training and workshops in the John Innes Centre’s site on the Norwich Research Park.

Isabelle and Sophie will work alongside some of the region’s top scientists, getting real-life laboratory experience and a valuable insight into careers in research science.

Hewett Academy principal Rebecca Handley-Kirk said: “Isabelle and Sophie’s passion for science shines through every day in the classroom, and beyond – Isabelle, who wants to be a doctor, photographs birds and plants in her spare time, and Sophie, who’s passionate about conservation, has been researching the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

“I’m thrilled that they have such an incredible opportunity and I know they’ll get a huge amount out of it.”

Isabelle said she was looking forward to “getting a hands-on experience of cutting-edge science, meeting top scientists, and working with other students who share my passion”.

Sophie added: “I think the camp will be very inspiring, and encourage me to look into new aspects of science which I have not yet discovered, opening up new opportunities and interests for me in my spare time and at school.”