STEM

At High Tunstall, we are dedicated to the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) both within the NE and beyond. As the first STEM Assured 11-16 comprehensive school in the UK, we take our commitment to the promotion of STEM seriously and have 5 key aims as outlined below:

  • Connected to Industry

Establish a wide range of industry partnerships.

  • Connected Learning

Embed T20 within all learning opportunities and ensure that the curriculum provides the opportunity for students to access the full range of STEM pathways post-16.

  • Connected Opportunities

Provide high quality and varied STEM opportunities for all students and staff that are fully connected to industry.

  • Connected Community

Create a STEM community that draws on expertise from industry and the education sector to help provide the very best experiences for all.

  • Connected Environment

Create a modern and dynamic industry standard STEM centre for the region.

We deliver a successful STEM KS2 to KS3 transition programme accessed by all of our partner primaries. Previous themes have included: Harry Potter, AI and The Science of Bubbles.  Most recently, we invited the students to explore all things dinosaur! This included archaeological dig, an investigation into ‘dino poop’ and dissection of pterodactyl wings.

STEM Club is a programme of events aimed at Year 7 and 8 students to allow further exploration in to careers in STEM using hands on techniques and relating things to real life events.  The first item on this exciting programme will be around the area of Forensic Science and Crime! For further information, please contact Mrs Reavley or Mrs Peek.

An informal Key Stage 4 careers programme featuring guest lecturers from across a range of industrial and scientific settings, giving students the opportunity to think about their options and progression post-16.  If you have any particular area of interest please let Mrs Peek or Mrs Moore know and we will attempt to accommodate this.

Launching in January 2020 a chance for the whole family to come and use our brand new facilities and have fun! Please see Mrs Peek for further details.

We have participated in this annual town wide programme for 5 years by sending our brightest and keenest possible future engineers to sharpen their skills on a programme of exciting weekend sessions ran by The Royal Institution.  Locally, these are delivered by esteemed leaders in the field such as EDF, Hart Biologicals and representatives from The Royal Navy. Examples of the sessions featured have included an energy car challenge, mechanical gearing, electronics of prosthetics, blood clotting, bridge building and electronic circuits. For further information please see Mrs Reavley.

Entering our fifth year, the STEM Ambassador programme recruits students who have a keen interest in one or more of the STEM subjects.  Once entered on to this programme students are given first refusal for any trips, visits or industrial mentors and are expected to help STEM faculties in hosting events such as open evenings and primary days.  The STEM ambassador programme is great for gaining employability skills such as communication and leadership as well as building on STEM cultural capital experiences.  For further information please see Mrs Reavley or Mrs Peek.

An exciting programme aimed at all Key Stage 3 students who may have or wish to develop an interest in the world of AI and Robotics. Led by the Technology and Enterprise Faculty, students learn how to assemble and programme VEX Robots with an aim for their creations to compete in an arena.  As a college we have had several successes in both local and national competitions and wish to continue this with our ever growing club. For more information please contact Mr Turner.

This college is very proud to have been the host of four annual STEM Lectures attended by average audiences of 1000 people from across the Tess Valley and beyond.

Speakers so far have been:

Helen Sharman CMG OBE HonFRSC – British Chemist who became the first British cosmonaut and the first woman to visit the MIR Space Station in May 1991.

Professor Robert Winston FMedSci FRSA FRCP FRCOG FREng – British Professor, Medical Doctor, Scientist, Television Presenter and Labour Party Politician.

Marcus Du Sautoy OBE FRS – British Mathematician, Author, and Populariser of Science and Mathematics

Dave Coplin – Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK and an established thought leader in the UK.