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Barnes Wallis Academy

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Students from Tattershall’s Barnes Wallis Academy jet off to USA Space Camp

Two lucky students from Tattershall's Barnes Wallis Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, recently took part in a trip of a lifetime as they visited the NASA Space Camp in Alabama, USA.

Lucy O’Sullivan and Erwin Polewacz were selected for the trip after taking part in a series of challenges and interviews held at the academy. The students had the opportunity to work alongside other space cadets as they were given an insight into the history of space exploration and received a glimpse into the future of space technology.

Erwin, who is currently in Year 9, said of the trip: “I’ve learnt so much, seen so many new things, and made loads of new friends during my time at Space Camp.

“This has been the best week of my life. I know that I wouldn’t have had this amazing opportunity if it wasn’t for Barnes Wallis Academy!”

Lucy, who is in Year 10 at Barnes Wallis Academy, said: “The trip to Space Camp has allowed me to learn more about a subject you wouldn’t normally focus on during everyday school lessons.

“From building and testing our own rockets, to piloting a space shuttle simulation, this has definitely been an experience that I would take part in all over again!”

This incredible experience is one of just one of many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities the school is able to offer. This is the third consecutive year that students from Barnes Wallis Academy have been selected to attend the Space Camp, with thanks to the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund, Barnes Wallis Foundation, Woodhall Spa Rotary Club and Horncastle Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Emma Day, Principal at Barnes Wallis Academy, said: “This trip has been a fantastic opportunity for our students. They have been encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones, whilst enriching their learning and inspiring them to achieve their personal best.

“Lucy and Erwin both deservedly earned their Space Camp Wings after proving themselves to be able to communicate, work as part of a team, solve problems and learn new skills.

“This was an experience like no other for Lucy and Erwin, and I know that this has encouraged them to aim high and strive for success in all they do.” 


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Barnes Wallis Academy is committed to providing an education that creates academically gifted, confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, in the workplace and in their communities.

Students across the Trust benefit from thousands of incredible opportunities, which help to develop their character and talent and increase their knowledge and understanding. The David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund is used to invest in the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme, which provides opportunities like the trip to NASA Space Camp.