STEAM - putting creativity at the heart of STEM

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do" Steve Jobs
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STEAM academic approach
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We want our students leave us with the skills to thrive in a fast-changing world, equipping them to play an active role in tackling the global challenges facing humanity, such as Climate Change, Food Security, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Gender Equality.

This approach starts at the the beginning of Year 7, with all students taking part in an interdisciplinary Enquiry Week and developing their skills through experiential learning, trips and engagement with industry, with students undertaking the Fryer Project Qualification at the end of Year 8. This focus continues into the Senior School and Sixth Form with an impressive range of opportunities for students to further develop their creative problem solving skills. We are one of only a handful of schools to offer the Engineering GCSE and all our students take the Global Perspectives iGCSE.

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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.

Aliaksei in his glider

Extending and enriching learning
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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, repair shop, robotics, maths team, design & build, club STEAM and a wealth of creative hobbies to fire up students’ imaginations.

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STEAM Experiences

As well as our interdisciplinary curriculum and co-curricular options, there are lots of STEAM experiences to get involved in throughout the year.

STEAM Experiences include:

  • Enquiry Week focused on problem-based learning
  • Science Week, includes special lessons and visiting experts
  • Teen Tech Festival
  • Guild of the Creatively Curious
  • Tech Talks – e.g. What is AI?
  • Maths Inspiration Lectures and Competitions
  • Gilmour STEAM Competition
  • STEAMfest partnership activity
  • COP28 Climate Action
  • Royal Institute Youth Summit
  • Experiential learning, like the Year 10 trip to Thorpe Park or Lower Sixth trip to the Mini Factory.
Leighton Park students on a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park

STEAM Competitions

Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide array of competitions and challenges throughout the year:

  • Salter Institute of Chemistry Discovery Day
  • Science Live
  • Medicine in Action
  • Robotics Olympics
  • Junior and Senior Maths Challenges
  • British Informatics Olympiad
  • Top of the Bench
  • Institute of Physics Eureka
  • Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Minds Underground
  • Biomimicry Youth Design
  • National Psychology Competition
  • National Scientific Thinking Challenge
  • Climate Science Olympiad.

Student case study
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Delve into the inspiring journey of Sol, an accomplished Upper Sixth student, as she shares her experiences and achievements in STEAM subjects at Leighton Park.


See what our students think


41 points on IB | Chemical Engineering, Lancaster University

“The best thing about the IB for me has been the community; being able to study with the same group of people, you get really close, even in lockdown everyone was studying together; we had study groups online. We just had to try to get through this weird and difficult time together.”
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A*, A*, A*, A at A Level with an A* for EPQ | Medicine, Imperial College

"Sixth form at LP is a truly unique experience. In the classroom, teachers push you to your academic limits and provide support to develop you beyond them, fuelling a life long passion for your subjects and helping you achieve to the best of your ability. We are encouraged to think 'outside the box', beyond the syllabus and research topics of interest. Not only does LP develop you academically but also as a person."
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"The biggest difference that separates Leighton Park from other schools that I have been to is the respect and friendliness I felt from the teachers and students.  It creates an extremely enjoyable environment to live and study in.  Leighton Park has offered incredible help to me and everyone else as individuals, so that each could greatly benefit.  The friendships and memories I gained during my time at Leighton Park will be valued for the rest of my life."
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A*, A*, A*, A* at A Level | Engineering at University of Cambridge

"I appreciated having access to nature around the park at LP, as it helped me stay focused and calm during exams, as well as helping my mental health. I also valued the teachers' inclusivity, as they encouraged me to go into STEAM subjects and organized activities to help me feel more comfortable with studying engineering at uni."
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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.

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