Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are a vital part of the curriculum at Loughborough Schools Foundation and a huge range of STEM opportunities are actively supported and promoted - both in and out of lessons.
As a result of our creative teaching and exciting extra-curricular activities, we have ever improving results in STEM related subjects at GCSE and A Level. We actively promote exploration of these fields through our careers provision, engaging with the Gatsby Benchmarks to actively provide opportunities for individualised programmes for each student. Specifically, we promote Benchmarks 5-7 within our STEM programmes, providing many opportunities to engage with employers and higher education providers and to experience related workplaces.
We are also incredibly proud that many students are nominated for and have won awards in STEM fields. These include a team of Year 11 students who won the UK Young Engineers of the Year 2017 Award at the national Big Bang Competition; annually winning a category in the TeenTech competition and we have many students achieving Gold in Science or Maths Olympiads! We also have many students obtaining all levels of CREST awards, Youth STEMM Awards or becoming STEM leaders as part of a national qualification. As a result of these opportunities a number of students have been invited to enjoy further experiences both in the UK and abroad.
We actively engage with local employers who have supported our students with numerous projects. Being local to 3M, many teams compete in the 3M STEM challenges, reaching the finals whilst also gaining Discovery or Bronze CREST Awards. We have students who have completed work experience placements at Rolls Royce and have completed projects with Cavendish Nuclear.
Students’ curiosity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is supported through trips to STEM facilities at local universities and activity days. Fuelled by the enthusiasm and engagement of our students, we also have a STEM Sunday initiative where students come in once a month to develop their ideas further. Guest speakers, who are keen to share their STEM experiences, also come in on a STEM Sunday to engage with students and their projects.
STEM is not an addition to our provision at LSF, but is embedded within multiple areas of school life. This gives our students a bright start to their careers, should they choose to follow a path in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. As a result, we have seen a significant number of students progress to study these areas at University and in employment.