Teaching science students to reach for the stars

Tes Award-winner Larbert High opens its doors to reveal the out-of-this-world secrets behind its success

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As a statement of intent for ambition in science, it’s hard to beat: a huge image of a space shuttle stretching up three floors. Inside Larbert High, school corridors – traditionally drab and empty – are packed with eye-catching reminders of why the subject matters.

You see dozens of cartoon figures of heroes in the field – astronauts, doctors, chemists and more – and a vertiginous timeline of scientific landmark achievements, from Archimedes’ screw to virtual reality. There’s also a sprawling recreation of the solar system (with a playful addition for any sci-fi fans looking carefully – the ...

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