Local primary schools to get first sight of new science education centre

Pupils from four primary schools in and around Headington are getting the chance to go on site at Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry this week, to see how work is progressing on Science Oxford’s new education centre.

The Science Oxford Centre (SOC) aims to inspire young people about science and innovation by giving them the opportunity to experience the excitement of science investigation and discovery. It will be the UK’s first indoor-outdoor education centre for children aged 4 – 12. Schools will be able to take part in workshops, get hands-on in the discovery zone, watch shows and explore the 15-acre woodland surroundings at the new centre which is due to open in September 2019.

Local construction firm Beard Oxford is building the SOC and it is they who invited invited pupils from the four closest primary schools (Wood Farm Primary School, Bayard’s Hill Primary School, St Andrews Primary School and Windmill Primary School) to come for a tour.

Mike Dennis, manager of the new centre, says, “Fifteen children are coming from each school and they’ll be given a tour of the site in proper builders’ hard hats and high visibility jackets, which we know they love.”

On their return to school, each group will design an informative billboard about the project. The billboards will be displayed at the entrance to Stansfeld Park on Quarry Road in Headington.

Mike adds, “It is a wonderful opportunity for local schools to get an idea of what is involved in a complex building project, as well as giving them a glimpse of our wonderful new centre in its early stages of construction. We are very grateful to Beard to make this happen.

Watch our live stream of the build in real time here.