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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Martin Vye to Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development

December 16, 2014 10:47 AM

Given the outstanding A level results achieved by students at both Simon Langton Grammar Schools, Girls' and Boys', in Canterbury, and their ongoing success at university, will the Cabinet Member for Economic Development say what he plans to do to attract high tech physics-based companies to East Kent, to build on and develop this undoubted local strength?

Answer

All of us in the County should be very proud of the extraordinary success of the Simon Langton Grammar Schools enabling young people to work on authentic science research at the school, with many of them continuing with science and engineering at University. I particularly welcome their success in encouraging more girls to engage with science and engineering at school and continuing at University. We are working with the Head Teacher and his staff to promote the Langton Star Centre to become the basis of a National Centre for Science Research in Schools whose aim would be to extend national research collaborations for students and train and support the science training profession to embrace this model. This would link with the activity of Locate in Kent to bring together a science-based cluster of innovative companies in Kent.