Bethany Year 9 Science pupils were given this driving question: ‘How can we convince the PE department that some of the football fields near the Science laboratories could be valuable if we built a wind farm?’ To nudge their curiosity and skills of enquiry, they were all told that the Science department had applied for a permit to build ten industrial wind turbines to generate electricity. The Tunbridge Wells City Council was, therefore, holding a Community Forum to discuss the proposed development, and everyone in and around Bethany had been invited.
Each group of pupils were given roles to represent: the Headmaster, Bursar, School Council, Marden residents, Science teachers, PE teachers, Sir David Attenborough, the School Council, The Mount and Pengelly boarding houses. Pupils had to persuade Tunbridge Wells City Council to agree with their argument and they were up to the challenge.
After careful deliberation, the judges decided against the wind farm. This debate is part of our project-based learning that we offer and pupils quickly learnt that putting up a wind farm is not a simple process and it affects many people.