Pupils are handed a colourful lesson

Bothal Middle School pupils Ethan Hunter, left, and Jack Armstrong, right, 'with Marielle van Andel of AkzoNobel, school STEM learning coordinator Nicole Sergeant and Samantha Day of AkzoNobel.
Bothal Middle School pupils Ethan Hunter, left, and Jack Armstrong, right, 'with Marielle van Andel of AkzoNobel, school STEM learning coordinator Nicole Sergeant and Samantha Day of AkzoNobel.
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A company building a new factory in Ashington has helped to bring a touch of colour to lessons at a nearby school.

AkzoNobel has reinforced its commitment to developing ‘Inspiring and Colourful Communities’ by becoming a major sponsor of the British Science Festival, which took place in Newcastle last week.

The company is currently building a £100m plant in Ashington which will be one of the world’s most sustainable paint manufacturing facilities.

The festival allowed the firm to bring its innovations to the public day and young people’s programme, where activities included workshops on colour and coatings, with participating pupils from Bothal Middle School and Northumberland CoE Academy taking part in practical experiments on colour mixing and ‘barnacle pushing’.

Andy Jackson, project director for the AkzoNobel Ashington facility, said: “Science plays a central role in many aspects of colour, so we were delighted to share our experiences and knowledge with hundreds of young people from across the north east.

“Given our presence here and the countdown to the opening of our manufacturing facility in Ashington next year, we were keen to be involved in a programme where we can see a direct way to inspire a future generation.”

Also a summer school scheme, organised in conjunction with Ashington Learning Partnership, saw pupils from Bothal and Hirst Park Middle Schools take part in an exciting programme of experiential learning.