Solar eclipse watched by whole school

Boy watching eclipse in welding mask

The solar eclipse brought the whole school together as nursery children through to GCSE astronomers watched the rare phenomenon.

Pupils watching eclipse

Solar glasses were given to everybody in the school, but our GCSE astronomers used specialist equipment to observe the phases of the eclipse.

Watching eclipse through telescope

As well as high-end solar filters on their telescopes, they used some lower-tech methods too – like pinhole cameras made from old cornflake boxes.

Staff watching eclipse

Every child from the first to third year, physics pupils and headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken joined our astronomers to watch the UK’s first major solar eclipse since 1999.

Moon landings assembly

Junior school children watched the eclipse together after enjoying class 3H’s assembly about the moon.

Moon assembly children

Complete with spacesuits and some super acting, their assembly told the story of the first moon landings in 1969.

Georgia Atkinson, who played Buzz Aldrin, said that the assembly “made us realise how amazing it must have been to go to the moon.”

Junior children watching eclipse

After assembly, the entire school went outside to watch the first eclipse of their lifetimes – and the last before our nursery children are senior school third years!

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