From their earliest years at HCH, children are encouraged to think as scientists: not to make any assumptions but to keep an open mind and to test fully any hypothesis. Through regular newsletters and worksheets, children are kept abreast of modern research and scientific breakthroughs. In particular, ethical questions posed by advances in technology are discussed. There are visits to London’s scientific museums and talks given by visiting experts.
The laboratory is equipped for a range of experiments in Physics and Chemistry. Indeed, there is a strong emphasis on practical work. Except where the use of dangerous chemicals is involved, experiments are performed entirely by the pupils, albeit under guidance from the teacher.
The grounds of Hampton Court House are used throughout the year for nature studies. In addition to butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, newts and associated pond-life, the grounds contain rabbits, field mice, a resident flock of wild parrots and many beautiful shrubs and trees. Our natural surroundings form an exquisite backdrop to school life. Our children learn to love animals and flora, and learn the names of all the principal plants and trees.
There is a thriving after-school science club, which primarily concentrates on practical work. The science club is not orientated to the requirements of examinations. Rather, the aim is to build up the broadest possible knowledge for the keenest pupils.