County STEM Academy
The Trust is delighted to announce that planning permission for its new STEM Academy, which is due to open in September 2020, has now been granted. Kier, as the appointed construction company, will begin work shortly.
The school offers a new pathway through the upper phase of our all-through Trust. It provides an exciting, visionary approach with the County Upper ethos, policies and extra-curricular programme amongst features that will be common across the upper phase.
What is STEM and why do we need a STEM Academy?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it affects every part of our lives. The aim of the school is to develop the next generation of scientists, technicians, engineers and programmers, and provide the opportunity for our pupils to become the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The current revolution in technology is showing no signs of slowing down, and with 2.4 million STEM jobs being projected to go unfilled this year, there is no greater time for students to develop their skills for this ever changing landscape. With a background in STEM, students will have the qualifications and experience needed to work in many diverse and rapidly growing fields.
A STEM Curriculum
Our STEM Academy will offer a high quality curriculum for 13-18 year olds that will guarantee a practical approach working with a range of prestigious companies and organisations. Upon opening in September 2020, the school will welcome 110 year nine students and 100 year twelve.
From the start, students will engage in practical learning across the curriculum. As students move through the Academy, they will be able to specialise and work with a narrower range of employers who will offer longer projects and more work experience.
Education and the world of work working in deep partnership
The companies who are working alongside us and who will provide the projects, extra-curricular activities, workplace visits, work experience and on-going careers advice, guidance and support are:
If your company is interested in supporting the STEM school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The STEM Academy is also working with Beacon East, Connect Education and Business and the University of East Anglia.
You can read answers to some of the common questions we are asked on our FAQ page.