Our innovative approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) places real emphasis on harnessing our students’ creative talents and blending them with skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership as part of our vibrant interdisciplinary curriculum.
We challenge our students to apply these skills to real-world problems facing industry and society today. With our explicit focus on creativity, we give girls and boys everything they need to take an idea and make it fly. Most recently, our approach has helped the School win the 2020 Award for Excellence in STEAM Education as part of the Education and Training Awards.
Watch the vide to meet Aliaksei, one of our recent graduates now working on an Engineering PhD at the University of Southampton.
Extending and enriching learning
Leighton Park offers several academic subjects you don’t find in most schools. Examples include Engineering as a GCSE option, as well as Music Tech and Creative Digital Media BTECs.
Our students also love our dedicated STEAM clubs, which support our budding engineers, designers, scientists, medics and technologists to experiment, explore, create and build. Examples include coding club, robotics, maths team, design & build, club STEAM and a wealth of creative hobbies to fire up students’ imaginations.
Combining creativity with STEM
There has been a significant emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in recent years as vital skills for our young people in a fast changing world. We couldn’t agree more but believe that these analytical skills are most effective when combined with creativity to enable creative problem-solving, innovation and entrepreneurial approaches. This is why our STEAM programme places the Arts at the heart of our approach.
All students get the opportunity to participate in a STEAM project each year in the STEAM Innovation Hub, with an opportunity to pursue and extend individual or team projects through our Club STEAM co-curricular activity. Many projects are currently focused around sustainability, with students entering submissions for a British Science Association CREST Award.
Students are taught Design Thinking, applying their skills to design and build projects as well as research projects.
STEAM in action
Sophie’s studying A-Levels in Art, Maths and Computer Science, with a view to doing Creative Computing at university. She chose to complete an EPQ in Computational Advertising.
“I’m developing software for someone to create and market a product all on one site” she says. She also secured a work experience placement with Unilever. “I got to experience real work, from meetings to product research to writing copy for Mumsnet. It has confirmed what I want to do.”
STEAM Interactive Outreach Workshops
As part of British Science Week, Leighton Park produced a series of interactive STEAM workshops for students in Years 5 & 6. From learning about future technology to designing your own geodesic dome and exploring how the heart works, this interdisciplinary series has something for everyone.