June 26, 2020

Best in the South East for STEAM Education

Leighton Park’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning has this month been recognised as the ‘Best KS3-6th Form Co-Ed Day School 2020 – South East England Award for Excellence in STEAM Education 2020’.

The award from the Education and Training Awards reflects the School’s innovative approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), which places emphasis on harnessing students’ creative talents and blending them with skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Karen Gracie-Langrick, Deputy Head: Academic commented, “We are delighted to have received this award and to be further recognised as a Centre of Excellence in STEAM Education. Never before have communities, including schools, become so dependent on the positive use of technology to keep us together – connected, communicative, and creative. A Leighton Park education demonstrates our commitment to inspire new generations of interdisciplinary learners and innovators of change, by enabling teachers and students to ‘bridge the gap’ between imagination and learning; removing barriers between subjects; and, to aid discovery, such that our students are ‘future-ready’ and able to reconsider, adapt and resolve the challenges of the 21st century.”

Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning added, “This award represents fantastic recognition of the passion for STEAM that we see in evidence every day at LP, in classrooms, in co-curricular activities and in students’ independent projects and discussions.”

We see the arts and creativity as indispensable when it comes to mastering the complex challenges society continues to give rise to, and whilst quantitative and analytical skills are highly valued, we understand the importance of combining these habits with innovation, teamwork and creative problem solving. With this perspective, Leighton Park challenges students to apply their interdisciplinary skills to real-world problems facing industry today.

There are a wealth of opportunities for students to develop their creative problem solving abilities at Leighton Park; from an exceptional Music programme underpinned by our status as a Yamaha Music Education Partner Flagship school, to over 90 co-curricular activities including Creative Science Club, where students work on an in-depth research project of their choice, Code Club, Lego Robotics and NEWT, an ecology club.

Rohini Beavon, Clinical Scientist Lead (Director) at Pfizer Ltd and current parent commented, “Young people must be engaged and inspired to ensure we grow the next generation of scientific talent. We can only do this through close collaboration between industry and schools such as Leighton Park, that focus on excellence in STEAM.”

Through working with industry partners, students are exposed to a range of disciplines that inspire them to go on to degrees and professional apprenticeships, that reflect the School’s strength in both the sciences and arts.

Last year, 41% of students went on to Russell Group Universities, with 80% of all students going on to study STEAM-related degrees like Engineering, Medicine or Architecture

In our already award-winning ISTEM+ programme, every individual is treated as such and is encouraged to carry their entrepreneurial mindset, Design Thinking skills and innovative spirit into their chosen fields.

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