Scott Lecture Celebrates Our First Year

Scott College celebrated its first year by holding its first ever Scott Lecture.

Professor Lloyd Peck, a physiologist who is a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, delivered the first lecture to a hall full of students, their families and invited guests.

The theme for this year’s talk – which is set to become an annual event – was Science in the Antarctic  and Prof Peck said it was “an honour” to deliver the first lecture.

The event was presented with the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in Plymouth and after whom Scott College is named.

“It was a great evening and really exciting to celebrate Scott with Devon and Cornwall Polar Society,” said Prof Peck.

 “The audience had amazing knowledge and asked great questions and, I think

, had fun too.”

Our new small, state school – which specialises in training the healthcare professionals of the future – welcomed 84 students into its first ever Year 9 last year as well as more than 60 Year 12 students and will move from its temporary home to its brand new £5m building in September.

Central to the vision for our school – which offers a range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications – is its partnership with a number of local healthcare educators and practitioners who have been key in formulating its unique and innovative curriculum.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Livewell Southwest, Plymouth University’s Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry – are providing work placements as well as masterclasses for students.

Headteacher Martyn Cox said Prof Peck’s lecture was a “fascinating insight” into life as part of the British Antarctic Survey.

“It was an extremely enjoyable and informative lecture which I know inspired our students to think about where their careers might take them,” said Mr Cox.

“I think they especially enjoyed seeing deputy head Mr Cresswell trying on all the polar equipment!

“We’re looking forward to making the Scott Lecture an annual event.”

Cydney-Jayne, a Year 12 student at Scott College who is planning to become a radiographer – said the lecture was “interesting and inspiring”.

“Prof Peck was very funny and he’s has had such an interesting career – I really enjoyed it,” she said.


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