Once students have accepted a place at the Academy in March of each year, they will be invited to apply for a place on the STEM Pathway. Those who apply will take an aptitude test to assess their suitability for the course.
All KS3 students cover the requirements of the National Curriculum in terms of STEM subjects and all have an opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities such as robotics, rocketry etc.
Students in the STEM class also take part in customised STEM programmes/projects, the content of which may vary from year to year. The course involves self-study and after-school lessons in addition to classroom teaching/learning. Details of additional hours are confirmed in the September of each year.
Skills taught include:
- Working to tight deadlines
- Problem-solving, goal setting and strategy
- Project management
- The ability to write and present accurate and convincing reports about their work
- The ability to critically assess the performance of their solutions and carry out modifications