Ogden Trust

TeenTech winners attend Buckingham Palace reception

On 12th October Jamie Toeg and Ted Proctor attended Buckingham Palace to receive their TeenTech award and also £1000 for APS.  It was a special afternoon, with the awards being presented by HRH Prince Andrew.  Jamie and Ted are using some of the money to set up Drone Club, which will be opening for Y8 students soon.

After winning our category of safety and security in the teen tech awards we were invited to visit Buckingham palace and meet the Duke of York. We entered through the front gates and into a grand hall with glittering chandeliers and red and gold everywhere. We drank tea and had royal biscuits before being presented with a certificate and meeting the Prince. It was a great experience for us getting to not only meet Prince Andrew but also many people in the technology industry from leading companies like Symantec, JVC and Airbus. In addition to this the prize for winning the Teen Tech awards was £1000 awarded to the school. We thought it would be great to set up a drone club at APS with some of this money to inspire other students to explore technology in a fun way. Drone club is currently in the planning stages but should be coming soon so make sure you look out!Jamie Toeg

You can read more about their TeenTech win here.


Ogden Trust Symposium

In September, Philip Ilonop attended the 9th OT symposium at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge.  He wrote the following about his experience..

I found the 9th Ogden Physics symposium enjoyable as we were able to do practicals and we learnt about quantum and particle physics. We also got a good experience of university life and how lectures would be.

It was very interactive as we solved problems in groups and participated in activities.  We performed a practical where we had to twirl a ball on a string around wooden rods of different diameters.  We recorded the time it took for the ball to complete set numbers of loops.  We then had to draw a graph of the results.  We were also allowed to tour Corpus Christi college and  visit the town.  Most of the things we learned were intense but it was designed to be intense in order to challenge us.  Most of the other students and I struggled at first but started to understand on the final day.  Overall, it was an enjoyable and beneficial experience that would be very impactive in applying to university; especially if you want to do physics or other related subjects such as engineering and maths.


Y12 Biology Trip to the Barnet Environment Centre

The Barnet Environment Centre is set in a beautiful 7.5 acre nature reserve in High Barnet.

Year 12 Biology students, Ms Salih, Mr Groom and Ms Slingenbergh visited the centre to learn how to assess water quality and biodiversity through pond dipping. The students learnt how to collect samples and consider how a variety of factors affect the water quality and variety of life within the ponds. None of the students had ever pond dipped before, so it was a brand new experience for all. The students were astonished at the diversity of species they collected and enjoyed using a variety of resources to identify them. Our samples included newts, dragonfly nymphs, pond skaters, backswimmers and even leeches! It’s truly amazing what you can find in ponds!


Jeremy Atkinson's Internship at CERN S'cool lab!

Between 23 July and 5 August 2017, the selected students had the chance to explore the fascinating world of particle physics during lectures and tutorials, hands-on workshops in S’Cool LAB, and visits of CERN’s research installations.

 CERN website

Here is a poster created by Jeremy and other student.

Click here to see the full Poster

 CREN Poster


Jeremy worte a log of everything he did during the two weeks. Here are some of his comments:

Saturday 29.07.2017 

Today we had free time in the morning, so we visited CERN's Globe exhibition, which shows both the history of CERN and the technologies currently being used there. The structure itself is quite unique, originally built for Expo.02 in 2002 in Neuchâtel, before being moved to CERN in 2004. we were also given a small unofficial tour of the whole building by a friendly security guard, who took us up the exterior ramps usually off limits for visitors.

After lunch we all went into Geneva for free time and a city wide treasure hunt, which we completed in small groups. The treasure hunt ended at a restaurant, where we enjoyed a lot of cheese fondue!

Sunday 30.07.2017: 

We set off in the morning for a hike up Mont Salève, the ascent being an elevation of 670m. After a 2 hour hike and lunch at the top with a beautiful view over Geneva, we took the cable-car back down. We then again had some free time in which some of us had a quick dip in the surprisingly cold lake Geneva!

Click here to see Jeremys Full CREN Report