STEM Specialism

Background

We were amongst the first group of schools in the country to become a Specialist Technology College in September 1994.

Since our ‘Specialist’ designation we have been able to:

  • Raise student’s attainment in Design & Technology, Mathematics and Science.
  • Develop excellent IT facilities which underpin the whole curriculum.
  • Ensure that the all our students follow a Design & Technology course in Key Stage 4.

In April 2011 we became a Specialist Technology Academy and began to develop our STEM initiative to complement our specialist status. The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We are continually developing the programme so that we can give our students greater choice and chances through their learning in these subjects.

Philosophy

STEM based education transforms the typical classroom by encouraging activities that are driven by problem-solving, discovery and exploratory learning. Like many STEM education program participants we are using highly specialized professional applications with our students. Software programs that are usually reserved for college-level classes such as computer animation, CAD and Rapid Prototyping programs are being taught in our classrooms. A high proportion of our students study three separate sciences as part of their core experience.

By adopting the STEM philosophy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics all play an integral part in the teaching of the whole. The science, engineering, and mathematics fields are made complete by the technology component that provides a creative and innovative way to problem solve and apply what has been learned.

Our aim is to ensure that our students, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their lives, and the career opportunities to which the STEM subjects can lead.