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/ 17 October 2011

Physics video wins £100,000 for The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Physics video wins £100,000 for The Bishop Wand Church of England School

A science teacher received a £150,000 prize at The Bishop Wand Church of England School in Sunbury-on-Thames last Friday.

Sharmila Hanson, a teacher at the school, won the award after submitting a nine-minute video tutorial on Newton’s laws of motion to the O2 Learn website.

Mrs Hanson’s lesson, which features pupils and homemade rockets, was judged the best out of more than a thousand entries. It was voted for by the public and a panel of expert judges.

The prize will be split between Mrs Hanson and the school. The teacher will take home £50,000, part of which she intends to donate to a primary school in India.

She said:

“On a recent trip to India I visited a primary school close to where I grew up, and was struck by the spirit and vitality of the teachers and students despite limited means … I plan to return there to consult as to how best to use some of my winnings to improve the school’s facilities.”

The Bishop Wand Church of England School has earmarked the remaining £100,000 for the creation of a new outdoor learning complex.

Local MP Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“Many congratulations to Bishop Wand School and their fantastic video, which has captured the imagination of the kids at the school and the surrounding community. The prize money and the outdoor learning facility they will use it to invest in, will offer a valuable boost to the school and help them go from strength to strength.”

Sharmila Hanson’s video tutorial can be viewed by on the O2 learn website.


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