Chemistry guru pays visit to his old school

Nobel Prize winner, Sir John Walker, visiting Rastrick High School. He was a former pupil at Rastrick Grammar school'Pictured with Y11 students
Nobel Prize winner, Sir John Walker, visiting Rastrick High School. He was a former pupil at Rastrick Grammar school'Pictured with Y11 students
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A NOBEL prizewinner stopped off in Calderdale to see give pupils at this old school a boost.

Professor Sir John Walker spoke to GCSE science students at Rastrick High School.

He attended the old Rastrick Grammar School which merged with the former Reins Wood Secondary School in the ‘80s to become Rastrick High school.

Prof Walker said it was important for students at state schools to realise that elitist institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge were just as much for them as for students at public schools.

He was very impressed with the ability and general science knowledge of students at the school.

“I found my visit to Rastrick High School yesterday to be most enjoyable and stimulating,” said Prof Walker.

“I am extremely grateful to the students, especially Gurpreet Bhogal and Peter Hepworeth, and the teachers for making me feel welcome, and for arranging the day, and also for their enthusiastic participation in the events.

“I was extremely impressed by everything that I saw and heard.

“The development of the school since my last visit some years ago is most impressive.”

He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997.

John Garratt, science teacher and careers advisor said: “I thought that there was excellent theme to his talk which ran through all his examples and related the science that students studied at school to the problems of the real world such as the need for new forms of energy.”

Year 11 science student Victoria Froggett said: “He was very interesting and gave me an insight into complex scientific issues.”