Science successes and initiatives drive STEM agenda forward
Beaconsfield High School is leading the way in developing diverse STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) specialists of the future, with the introduction of an innovative scholarship, a successful campaign to build a state-of-the-art science block and continued promotion and involvement in national student competitions.
Working with global healthcare communications agency emotive., the school has been able to introduce a scholarship scheme that sees students receive an industry work experience opportunity and financial support towards learning in their first year at university. The ‘emotive. Prize for Scientific Engagement’ will be awarded in the spring to a Year 13 student who plans to continue their studies in science at higher education, and who has illustrated their dedication to furthering their and others’ understanding in this field.
emotive. has also supported the school in building its new science block, due to be officially opened on 3rd May 2017 by a VIP guest (details to be released soon). The building was created in response to the government’s agenda to increase the number of women working in STEM fields and achieved with the support of businesses like emotive. and via the school’s Inspiring Sciences fundraising campaign to own elements on its periodic table (this campaign is still running - Get Involved!).
The science building incorporates three labs, each offering the latest equipment and facilities for the advanced study of biology, physics and chemistry, with a dedicated A-Level lab sponsored by emotive. The Headteacher and science team designed the largest lab with curved stations facing in to a central teaching area, to allow for contemporary, interactive learning, as well as glass boards and breakout areas for focused student forums.
These initiatives contribute greatly to the learning, and therefore successes, of the school’s talented students, as proven by the recent wins in the British Biology Olympiad competition. Eleven Year 13s took part in the optional test, run by the Royal Society of Biology, with one student achieving a Gold and finishing in the top 6 of all UK students who participated. Other remarkable achievements include 2 Silvers, 2 Bronze and 6 Highly Commended.
Rachel Smith, Head Teacher of Beaconsfield High School, comments: “We are extremely passionate about encouraging our students to consider the possibilities of careers in STEM fields. With so many opportunities, and so much influence on the shaping and development of our society attributed to technological and scientific advances alone, it couldn’t be a more vital time to diversify the talent pool. We continue to work with innovative businesses like emotive. to further improve our learning environment and to give the students ‘real world’ experiences that will prepare them for their futures.”