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Salters Horners Advanced Physics

The Salters Horners Advanced Physics Course (SHAP) was launched in 1998 in partnership with the Salters Company.

Salters’-Horners’-A-Level-Physics [SHAP] is one of the longest of the Horners’ Company’s education initiatives. The original programme partnered with the Worshipful Company of Salters financed the creation of a new A-level Physics syllabus employing context-teaching, that links applications to the basic physics. It led to a long association with York University, now through the University of York Science Education Group [UYSEG], and through successive Professors David Waddington, Sir John Holman and Judith Bennett. The Horners supported Freeman Dr Liz Swinbank in “servicing” SHAP for many years and then rewriting the syllabus over a decade ago. Since then, the Company has sponsored a spin-off, Best Evidence Science Teaching [BEST], a tool advising science teachers on modern methods, and the Horners are currently in discussions on introducing context-led teaching into junior schools.

Dr Swinbank has now retired and we no longer give continuous support to SHAP. However, our interest is maintained in the annual awards for achievement by those employing the SHAP syllabus. The impressive ceremony is held at the Salters Hall where each winner receives a financial prize from the Salters’ Institute and an ornamental drinking horn from the Horners’ Company.

There are usually 3-4 recipients, but in 2022, 8 winners each achieved the remarkable maximum score of 600 marks. The Master presented the horns, and were joined at the ceremony on December 2nd, by the Clerk and Assistant Clive Thompson who met the 5 winners able to attend on the day. Each winner will be offered Associate Membership of the Company.

These are the 2022 Winners:

Thomas Burke – Reigate College

Kieran Cranley – The Royal Grammar School

Reuben Glenville – Bedford School

Andrew Mariott – Wirral Grammar School for boys.

Michael Pinnock – City of London Freemen’s School

The other winners who were unable to attend the Ceremony were:

Alexandre Peuch – Abingdon School

Joshua Rodrigues – Abingdon School

Nicholas Crossley – Highams Park School