Star-struck class in sunny Canary Isles

Priory Academy Assistant Headteacher Heather Young
Priory Academy Assistant Headteacher Heather Young
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Assistant headteacher Heather Young has gone back to class during the holidays to take up her prize of an astronomy tour to the Canary Islands.

Heather, who teaches science at Penwortham Priory Academy, jetted out to La Palma after winning a competition for teachers.

Along with two other teachers from the UK and teachers from Spain and Portugal, she won the prize after uploading her learning resources from the Crow Hills Road school on to the European Open Discovery Space learning platform.

Accompanied by Professor Andy Newsham from Liverpool John Moores University, the prize involved spending a week working with the astronomers at three different telescopes and also the opportunity to spend a day at a rain forest reserve and a visit to a volcano, still classified as active.

Heather, who lives in Fulwood, Preston, has been at the school for 15 years.

She said: “I was shocked to win the prize - especially as I have always wanted to go to La Palma. We have just had a new £750,000 science block built at Priory with an astronomy-designed roof so I will be coming back with a lot more information for our students.”

I also took my astronomy GCSE at Priory last year so I will be putting what I learnt into practice - it will be good to be a student again.”