We have been delighted to welcome the donation of a human skeleton – named ‘Simon’- into our school after being contacted by Dr Graham Johnson, a senior consultant from Royal Derby Hospital and Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, who offered to let us have Simon on a ‘permanent loan’ to use as a teaching aid with our students.

Simon’s history is partial but the evidence we do have is that he is a ‘real’ human skeleton believed to be of South Asian (Indian) origin. It seems that for many years Simon was with the 30 Signal Regiment in Nuneaton and been stationed in the medical centre. In the early 2000s he was donated to a local GP, then passed to another GP surgery in the mid-2010s, before now arriving at our school.

There is evidence to suggest that it originally came from Adam,Rouilly – a provider of medical education equipment which has been operating for over 100 years.

Simon will soon be joining the Science Department and has already been welcomed into the school by intrigued students including Harry Bowen (7J2).

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We are always keen to find a hook to keep our students engaged, thinking and learning so the opportunity to take in Simon as part of our Science Department was too good to miss. Simon will be used to support teaching for all ages and will be welcome addition to the school.”