School acquires Bee Hives

1st May 19

There is a buzz in the air at a school in Reigate.
School acquires Bee Hives

Dunottar School has bought two beehives after being approached by Vince Gallo, who is completing a PhD about the formation and use of honeycombs at Queen Mary University of London.  

The retired software engineer attempted to build a software bee and realised that there was more to be learnt about the detailed behaviour of bees. This triggered his decision to develop his 10-year hobby of avid beekeeping into a Phd.

Vince, now a weekly visitor to the school, keeps control hives for his experiments at Dunottar, and these sit behind Dunottar’s hives.

Dunottar’s Head of Food and Nutrition, Ruth Macintyre, has started a beekeeping club, which gives the students a chance to work closely with the bees and to harvest Dunottar honey.

She said: “Bees are an absolutely fascinating insect, and I know that the students are going to love learning more about them. I know I have! We are extremely lucky to have the help of Vince to set up the project and guide us through the first season.”

Deputy Head Marc Broughton added: “The bee keeping is part of a bigger outdoors project that we’re developing at Dunottar. As well as willow sculptures in the grounds, we’ve recently put the finishing touches to an outdoor classroom.”

Visit Us Admissions Apply
Dunottar School
Year 7 2025 Taster Morning

Saturday 11th May 2024

Looking to join Dunottar in September 2025? Attend our Taster Morning to take part in fun activities, meet our teachers and get to know other children who will be sitting the entrance assessments.

Find out more