Boris Johnson takes lessons in technology at ACS Hillingdon

'I congratulate you all on what you're doing here - it's truly amazing,' said the Foreign Secretary

Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, recently visited ACS Hillingdon International School to see the school’s state-of-the-art facilities and hear how the school’s pupils use technology in class and learn about coding in preparation for an ever-changing future.

The Foreign Secretary was interested to experience the school’s facilities first-hand, which includes the brand new £10m science centre, and visited two classrooms specially equipped to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) subjects. 

Martin Hall, Head at ACS Hillingdon, commented, “We know that many of our students will leave us here at ACS and go on to have jobs in industries that have not yet even been conceived. It is vital that we ensure our young people have robust scientific knowledge and encourage them to pursue their curiosity, develop creative thinking and hone their technological skills ready for the future.” 

As part of his visit, Boris met with students, aged seven to nine, using coding to drive robots; an iPad pre-loaded with the codes for the robots was presented to the Foreign Secretary by Owen, aged 10, giving him the chance to drive one himself.

In recognition of the Foreign Secretary and local MP’s well-known admiration for Sir Winston Churchill, the school presented him with an optical relief mapping image of his hero’s head, created on the 3D printer.

Receiving the unusual portrait, the Foreign Secretary said, “I congratulate you all on what you’re doing here – it’s truly amazing. This was inconceivable when I was at school.”