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***TUESDAY 8th OCT. 1.51pm for about 7 mins

Pupils from Bampton School will take one giant leap in their understanding of space this October when they will be asking questions to an astronaut live on board the International Space station! Over the summer holidays they have researched great things to ask and around fifteen of the best will be selected.
Bampton School talks to ISSThe children will have about ten minutes to ask their questions as the ISS zooms overhead at five miles per second! They will use special amateur radio equipment provided by ARISS UK, a team of volunteers that establish the contact.

Bampton School is the only state school in the country to have been awarded the opportunity this year, following a rigorous selection process.
Head Teacher Gary Bladon says “I am thrilled that we have been able to secure such a unique experience for the children of Bampton School. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the school and the wider community in Bampton. We have changed next term’s topic to look at the subject of communication with all sorts of activities planned in and out of school time to create a real impact and a lasting legacy”.

Bampton School ISS - spacesuit!To find out more or to arrange interviews or pictures at the school, please contact
the coordinator Nick Bull on 07711 912721 or email

If your media outlet would like to be considered to attend the event in October,
please advise us ASAP as space will be limited.

Please also see the attached fact sheet for more information about the
International Space station, amateur radio and ARISS.

Bampton School ISS Press Release

Bampton School ISS Fact Sheet

What to Expect

BBC Interview at Bampton School

The contact is currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 7th October.
There will be a screening of the event at the Riverside Hall in Bampton for parents
and residents who wish to see it from 1.30pm. It’s likely that schools across the county will be watching too. Anybody interested can watch the contact as it will be streamed on this link

CALL SIGNS: GB4BPS (as in Bampton Primary School) and the ISS call is NA1SS


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