Oaks Park High School was extremely privileged to welcome Lord Robert Winston as part of the Sixth Form’s new lecture series on Monday 11th September. Lord Winston is renowned for his pioneering work in fertility, research science and for his engaging and award-winning TV programmes. He produces and presents documentaries on the human science for the BBC; most notably following a group of millennial babies throughout their lives in “Child of our Time” and the Bafta winning “The Human Body”. Over the years he has written over 300 scientific publications for peer review along with numerous books for every age range. He is currently Professor of Science and Society, as well as Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London and is running a research programme, which aims to improve human transplantation. The list of honors and awards he has received from so many different fields is truly awe inspiring.
He wanted to visit our students in order to inspire them to become the next generation of scientists and to explain how science research works in the real world. He covered topics such as the use of lasers in everyday life, how every scientific invention has both advantages and disadvantages, and what inspired him to study science when at school.
Joanne Hamill, headteacher, said, ‘His love of learning and inspirational and groundbreaking work make him a wonderful role model for our students at Oaks Park.” True to its nature as an inclusive school, Oaks Park welcomed students from every year group with an interest in science to attend, as well as many teachers. The audience of over 350 sat spellbound, as they heard thought-provoking, fascinating and sometimes humorous stories from Lord Winston. One sixth form student said, “what really struck me was his incredible humility, when you consider everything he has done.”