Learning from eminent scientists

Many Block 4s spent the Wednesday before last enjoying a series of science lectures in Oxford; topics ranged from nuclear fusion to stem cell research. Steve Jones FRS considered the genetic differences between organisms and discussed the importance of human language development from a genetic (FOXP2 gene) perspective. The same topic was touched on by Richard Dawkins, answering questions that followed his talk on human evolution, introducing us to some of our common ancestors of the past 500 million years. Robert Winston was also present and gave us a foretaste of what will surely be an epic Eckersley Lecture this year. This was an extraordinary day and it was great to see how excited and engaged all our students were.

By Richard Sinclair, Head of Science


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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