BMAT STEM: Consultation launched for new sixth form in Harlow

A CONSULTATION has been launched into plans to open a new sixth form for Harlow.

The views of the public are being sought into plans to expand BMAT STEM Academy to include a post-16 provision.

The school, which opened in September 2018 with its first cohort of Year 10 students, works closely with local employers to fill the major skills gap in the area.

Students looking to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are attracted to the school as it offers the latest technology, high-end facilities and expertise in those industries. They are able to study engineering, astronomy, statistics, computer science and 3D design at the unique school.

BMAT has now launched a public consultation regarding its plans to open a sixth form in September 2020.

Helena Mills CBE, BMAT CEO, said: “Our aim is to enable current students to continue with the bespoke STEM-based curriculum they are already following post-16.

“In 2018, when the former Sir Charles Kao UTC transferred to BMAT, it was agreed with the Department for Education that admission to the sixth form would be suspended at that point, but that it would open in September 2020.

“We very much hope our decision to expand the school will be supported. Our aim is to raise standards further and offer even better opportunities in the future through our state-of -the-art facilities and industry partnerships.”

Responses to the proposal can be made via the online questionnaire at or by completing a form available from the school reception.

More information can be found at

Address any concerns or questions to

The consultation runs until July 18.

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