St Joseph's Super Scientists Crack the Case! - Ratcliffe College

St Joseph’s Super Scientists Crack the Case!

All School News | 13.10.2021

On Tuesday 12th October, Ratcliffe College’s Chemistry Department hosted an exciting CSI themed Forensic Science Day for St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Our Science Department was transformed overnight into a ‘Real’ Crime Scene, as 40 Year 6 Student’s went on a quest to solve the mystery of the ‘Teacher Tin Thief’, who had stolen our Science Department’s treat budget for the entire year! Using our modern laboratory facilities to learn and preform many forensic techniques, they were able to analyse various samples of evidence the thief carelessly left behind at the scene of the crime. The student’s examined hair samples, fingerprints, chromatograms and carried out chemical tests on the evidence. Despite a few twists and turns along the way, the super scientists discovered the true criminal – our Physics Teacher Mr Darlington!

Headmaster Mr Jonathan Reddin had this to say about the day: “Children from St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy thoroughly enjoyed becoming forensic scientists at Ratcliffe College. The children were introduced to new learning experiences throughout and they certainly wasted no time rolling their sleeves up to crack the case! Hosting workshops like these at Ratcliffe is great for developing partnerships with local Primary schools and the wider community, and as St Joseph’s is a fellow Catholic School we were delighted to welcome them and strengthen our relationship further.”

Miss Chapman, Head of Chemistry also said: “The children were so enthusiastic and well behaved throughout the day it was a pleasure to run the workshop and they were a credit to St Joseph’s. Thank you to the fellow Science teachers too for helping create our amazing crime scene and also to the St Joseph’s teaching assistants who attended the day to be a familiar face if any of the children needed help. All of these put together made the day so much fun and we cannot wait to host another!”


If you would like to know more about Ratcliffe’s Science department, check out our Science subjects on the page below. Or better still, why not see for yourself and book a private visit to take a look at our campus?