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Ground-Breaking Japan visit

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Three sixth-formers from Merchants' Academy visited Japan during August to learn more about the future science and engineering opportunities that will be open to them across the world.

Emily Roberts, Aaron Leonard and Lennox Allen were chosen to take part in the 2016 UK-Japan Young Scientist Workshop programme, organised by the Clifton Scientific Trust, and held at Tohoku University, which is at the centre of the area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Supported by the Society of Merchant Venturers, co-sponsor of Merchants' Academy and accompanied by their teacher Alice Wills, the three students were inspired by their educational visit to Japan.

Their confidence as creative scientists and global citizens was boosted by working in teams with other British and Japanese students in a programme organised by Japanese scientists and engineers.

Emily, Aaron and Lennox are among the students at Merchants' Academy who study physics as part of an expansion of AS and A level courses in the sixth form. All three have attended the Academy since the age of 11.

Aaron plans to study engineering at university, Emily hopes to earn a degree in criminal psychology and Lennox plans to pursue a career in accounting.

Dr Hilary Macaulay, Executive Principal of Merchants' Academy Trust, said: “We are thrilled that our students, who are able to study science at a higher level at the Academy, have been able to participate in this life-changing opportunity to study in Japan. These young people are excellent role models, encouraging others from our community to aspire to careers in science, technology and engineering.”

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