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The Rosalind Franklin Science Centre officially opens

Educating the STEM stars of the future

We are celebrating opening our new Rosalind Franklin Science Centre with scientist Dr Caitlin Higgott, of the Rosalind Franklin Institute in Oxford, visiting to formally open the cutting-edge facility.  

Delivering a first-class learning environment for students and staff, the new science facility comprises six science labs, two preparation rooms and further offices, helping us to truly cement ourselves as a STEM centre of excellence. An array of rooftop photovoltaic solar panels is generating electricity to help power energy-efficient lighting and heating systems within the ‘Franklin’ building.

Students were asked to nominate inspirational scientists to share their name with the new facility. A school-wide vote led to the centre being named in recognition of one of the unsung heroes of 20th century Science, Chemist Rosalind Franklin.

The school trustees, the Sheriff of Gloucester, Councillor Pam Tracey, representatives from Kier Construction and Roberts Limbrick architects, Ribston Hall’s Headteacher Mrs Sarah Colombini, the school’s Senior Leadership Team and students joined together to celebrate the formal opening on 3rd May 2022.

Headteacher Mrs Sarah Colombini commented “Women are underrepresented in STEM roles; just over 25% of people working in STEM are female. We are hugely committed to supporting all students to participate fully within STEM education and hope our Ribston students will enjoy richer and more vibrant learning with the building of this incredible science centre. We endeavour to inspire more students to follow these subjects into further education and help close the gender gap.”