Pupils inspired by leading scientists

GCSE students from Lambeth and Southwark gained insight into the world of medical research last week at our fourth annual Summer School.

King’s Health Partners Summer School is organised by the KHP school drawing bloodNational Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The week-long school gives young Londoners the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading scientists.

Throughout the week 24 students enjoyed interactive sessions such as lifesaving skills at the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital, extracting DNA from strawberries with scientists at King’s College London, and talking to patients and medical trial participants at the Maudsley Hospital.

The Summer School finished on Friday 4 August with a celebration event featuring presentations from the students to an invited audience of friends, family and teachers.

Victoria Agbejimi, a King’s Health Partners Summer KHP school Strawberry DNA ExtractionSchool attendee aged 15, said:

The week has been really exciting and packed with activities. I didn’t realise how many different careers were available in healthcare and research. It’s definitely opened my mind to other opportunities.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners, said:

Our partners work collaboratively to solve some of the biggest health challenges that face our local communities. I hope the King’s Health Partners Summer School students will work together and be inspired by the medical research we do to pursue their own careers in medical research and contribute to solving the health challenges of the future.


The Summer School was funded by King’s Health Partners, the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, and the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London.

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