It was fantastic to see so many pupils and staff sporting their jeans on Thursday 21st October 2021, in support of Jeans for Genes Day

As well as wearing their jeans pupils in key stage 3 had the opportunity to take part in special science activities linked to Jeans for Genes Day. Year 7’s theme was DNA, linking to the topic they were studying on cells. The theme for year 8 was ethics, this was linked to their healthy lifestyle topic. Year 9’s theme was inheritance.

“The students were brilliant,” said Miss Keel, Teacher of Science. “It was great to see them applying their understanding of cells, genes and ethics from their Science lessons to discuss genetic disorders and the real life situations that some children and their families find themselves in.”

“It was fantastic to have the whole of key stage 3 involved in supporting such a worthwhile cause and felt a real privilege for the science department to be a driving force behind this,” said Miss Cross, Head of Year 7 and Teacher of Science. “Pupils were talking about the activities they had been working on during their break and lunchtimes – their enthusiasm and excitement was a joy to see! Hopefully, this will be something we continue to work on and develop in the future.”

The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds the work of the Genetic Disorders UK charity. It provides grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. There are 500,000 children in the UK with genetic disorders. 

Pupils and staff raised £417.87 for the charity, which makes the running total for 7 years £3331.91. 

Take a look at a gallery of images from Jeans for Genes Day below.