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Guinness World Record lesson at Heathfield School in Pinner was 'a lot of fun'
Fifty girls at a Pinner school had “a lot of fun” taking part in a world record breaking attempt yesterday morning.
The Year 6, 7 and 8 students at Heathfield School for Girls, in Beaulieu Drive, joined 2,000 other girls from 25 schools across the country in an attempt to set a new world record.
The students attempted to break the record for the biggest multiple venue science lesson ever to take place.
At Heathfield School all fifty girls gathered in the sports hall at 11am for a physics lesson.
They were shown an experiment demonstrating the effect of gravity on acceleration.
At the same time, the same lesson took place at each of the other 24 schools.
Anushka Patel, 10, said: “This experiment was such a lot of fun. I could not sleep with excitement at taking part in a world record breaking attempt.”
Holly Brewster, also age 10, added: “I always read the Guinness Book of Records and I can’t believe that my school will be in the book too!”
Each school was required to film their lesson and to submit the video to Guinness World Records.
This will allow the adjudicators to establish whether a legitimate record has been set.
This is the first time that anyone has tried to set a record for the biggest multiple venue science lesson.
Therefore, the schools are hoping to have set a tough benchmark for anyone who attempts to beat them.
Anne Stevens, headmistress of Heathfield School, said “The most disturbing statistic from the Institute of Physics’ recent report was that nearly half of all co-ed maintained schools in England do not send even one girl on to do physics at A-level.
“In the girls-only environment of Heathfield, science subjects in general, and physics in particular, are hugely popular and successful.
“At Heathfield School for Girls around 53 per cent of our girls study A-level physics or chemistry, and they do very well at it.
“The enthusiasm for this experiment, right across our school, shows the degree to which we’re bucking some of the less encouraging educational trends.”