Our class names are all named after significant people in the field of technology.
Our pupils select the names of their classes during their transition visit to the school. They give the class a clear identity and character:
Milly Zantow created a global recycling standard — the system of numbers you see inside the little triangle on plastics. She discovered there are more than seven kinds of plastic, and they can’t be combined for recycling, so she learned how to use various tests to identify them. She then found a company that was willing to use recycled plastic, but it would have to be ground up first. Milly and her friend bought a huge industrial grinder and established E-Z Recycling. They worked with local school children and their community, and they helped other communities start their own recycling programs. Milly knew that the large-scale recycling of plastics would never work unless people could easily identify the seven types. She came up with the idea of placing an identifying number in the little recycling triangle, which has become the international standard.
David Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K.
Attenborough is widely considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself does not like the term. In 2002 he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC.
Leena Gade is a British race engineer. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2012, she won the FIA World Endurance Championship’s ‘Man of the Year’ award and the C&R Racing Woman in Technology Award. She is also an Ambassador of the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport.
Sir James Dyson OM CBE FRS FREng (born 2 May 1947) is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation. He served as the Provost of the Royal College of Art from August 2011 to July 2017, and will open a new University on Dyson’s Wiltshire Campus in September 2017.
Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE, is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.
Tim Peake is a British Army Air Corps officer, European Space Agency astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) crew member. He is the first British ESA astronaut, the second astronaut to bear a British flag patch (the first was Helen Sharman), the sixth person born in the United Kingdom to go on board the International Space Station and the seventh UK-born person in space. He began the ESA’s intensive astronaut basic training course in September 2009 and graduated on 22 November 2010.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history.
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Named after Sir Isaac Newton the famous physicist and mathematician.
Named after Helen Sharman the British chemist who became the first Briton in space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station.
Named after Mary Anning the famous fossil collector and palaeontologist.
Named after the Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer.
Having the classes named after renowned people in the field of science will help to provide a context as we introduce the children to other key people in the field of STEM over the coming years.
Dame Stella Rimington is a British author and former Director General of MI5 (1992 to 1996). Stella Rimington became the first DG of MI5 to pose openly for cameras at the launch of a brochure outlining the organisation’s activities. In 2009, she received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her support for openness about the work of the secret service.