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Our lecture programme, Explore, runs on a weekly basis for our academic scholars and our Rosewell lectures operate twice termly, are both an open invitation to all the local schools in Merton and have been very well attended. Recent speakers include Professor John Darwin, Professor Lucie Green and Professor B.R. Pelling.

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As part of our aim to broaden student horizons and encourage debate, we run a series of evening lectures throughout the school year. Rosewell lectures are designed for students in Years 10 - 13, offering a forum for topical ideas and academic thinking. Talks may tap into students’ intellectual curiosity on a topic beyond exam specifications, or they have a motivational lifestyle or careersfocussed theme. Speakers are often academics, scientists, politicians, experts in various fields. The lecture generally lasts for 40-50mins, from 7pm in the Rutherford Centre, followed by questions from the floor. We finish up by 8pm. Parents and guardians of any year group are also welcome to attend, along with students from our partner schools. 

Upcoming Events


  • Solidarity and sisterhood in poetry. Tuesday 6 February, 7pm. Book here.
  • The Marine World. Tuesday 13 March, 7pm. Book here.

Explore talks are aimed at students in Years 10 – 13 (and some for a broader audience) and take place on Tuesdays in the Rutherford Centre at 5.00pm in the Autumn and Spring terms. They are designed to broaden student thinking. Reminders will be posted in High Ways and on Firefly.

Upcoming events:

  • 6 February - WHS Question Time

The Head and Deputy Heads are put on the spot...

  • 20 February - Mr Willmore will speak on a Classics theme...

Title and synopsis to be announced.

  • 27 February - Antimicrobial resistance - learning a few tricks from nature to maintain the antibiotic era - Dr A. James Mason, reader in Membrane Biochemistry, King's College London

Delving behind the headlines to understand what antimicrobial resistance is and how it can be monitored. What are the challenges in the race to overcome this global threat to public health?

  • 6 March - The Philosophy of Thinking - Mr John Gunn

Is it meaningful to talk about God? The search for truth is rarely comfortable, and distinguishing between truth, belief and knowledge may be more unnerving than you first thought…