Still time to apply for STEM school

TEENAGERS looking for a future career in the STEM sector are being reminded there is still time to apply to join a unique school and sixth form.

BMAT STEM Academy, in Harlow, caters for students from Year 10 upwards with a keen interest in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

In September, the business-focused school will open the doors to its sixth form for the first time.

Subjects such as engineering and 3D design are offered, with expert teachers and state of the art equipment used by industry not generally seen in sixth forms or colleges.

The school works closely with professional sponsors, including Princess Alexandra Hospital, Gratnells, GlaxoSmithKline, Raytheon and Pearson Education, to give young people real-world experience in industry.

Head of school Dustin Schuyler said: “Our school has been open for two years now with more students and families knowing who we are. Although our doors may be closed for the time being, we have extended our application deadline and applications remain open for both our sixth form and next year’s Year 10.

“It is around now that families start to make these decisions. Of course, we cannot show anyone around our facilities at the moment, but we are available to talk to parents about what we are offering, our links with our sponsors and the courses we are running.”

A recent open event saw prospective students both from within BMAT STEM and other neighbouring schools take a tour of the facilities.

Mr Schuyler said: “It was fantastic to have our sponsors alongside us to tell families what we are able to offer young people together. They are a unique selling point for BMAT STEM and offer something truly wonderful and vital to our students who want to work in the sector.

“We are engineers, scientists and mathematicians working with professional companies and our families are really keen on that.”

Despite keeping its doors open for the children of key workers during the Coronavirus pandemic, the facility was not required by parents due to the older age of the students.

Instead, the doors of the building have been closed and teachers are supporting students remotely at home, giving both Year 10 and 11 students material to be able to continue learning.

Mr Schuyler said: “We do not want Year 11 to be disadvantaged, so they are being given work and feedback as if they were still in school. We do not want them to have that big learning gap before they move on to the next stage of their education. It also gives us more evidence to present when it comes to producing their GCSE grades.”

Every Monday, new resources are being provided to all students to both consolidate their learning and to teach new schemes of work.

Future sixth formers are also being given material to familiarise themselves with the work they will be given from September.

During the closure, the curriculum for the school’s new sixth form is being developed.

Visit www.bmatsix.org for more information on the sixth form.

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