2017 UK Wide ENTHUSE Finals – STEM Secondary School of the Year

Paignton Community and Sports Academy was recently crowned runners up at the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Awards for Secondary Schools. Jason Trevarthen, Acting Headteacher, and Kirsty Hughes, KS3 Science Leader, represented the Academy at the Houses of Parliament. The UK awards were hosted by Kevin Hollinrake MP and included partners such as Rolls Royce, BP and the Ministry of Defence.

The Enthuse Celebrations Awards are presented each year to recognise the impact that teachers, technicians and support staff have on their pupils, colleagues, schools, colleges and peers as a result of professional development provided through STEM learning.

Jason Trevarthen commented,

“It is amazing for the Academy to be recognised at a national level for the developments and efforts made by the Science Team, continuing to improve the experience for all the young people at Paignton.  We were honoured as an Academy to be selected from all the schools across the country. Thank you to Claire Arbery from STEM, Douglass Yorgason, Director of Science, and the entire Science Team of teachers and technicians who work so hard to bring Science and STEM subjects alive for our young people.”

STEM activity this year has included ; the MADE project, Salter’s Chemistry Festival, STEM Enthuse CPD, British Science Week, Crest Science Awards, IET Faraday Challenge and Plymouth University Aspiration events. The award is just the start of STEM and Science developments at Paignton and plans are already in place for 2017-18!

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