As STEM Academy moves towards the end of its second year of operation, the governors have decided to join the Aspirations Academies Trust from September 2015. This will allow STEM Academy Tech City to benefit from the experience and outstanding academic credentials of a leading academy trust and will strengthen Aspirations Academies Trust’s network of creative digital academies as well.
As part of the new partnership, STEM Academy Tech City will be renamed Tech City College and will enjoy a close working relationship with the Aspiration Academies Trust’s other academies in London. These include Rivers Academy West London, which was judged ‘Outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted report, and the other academies opening in September 2015: Space Studio West London specialising in space, aerospace, science and maths and the Post 16 London Leadership College.
Student’s studies will not be disrupted and they will continue to have a wide choice of A-Levels at Tech City College with a bold new model for the delivery of traditional STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) within a dynamic mix of academic studies and industry-related activity. This will be introduced next year through new programme for work related studies for all students in four career-linked pathways: Creative Application of Science and Maths, Design and Creativity, Pre-Medicine and the Digital Maker Programme. Students will additionally gain insight into the world of business through ‘Aspirations Workspace’, a new business hub to be launched at the College in September allowing students to undertake work-focussed, project-based learning activities driven by local creative digital businesses.
The governors have made this decision in order to provide the Academy with the benefits of being part of a larger group that brings wider educational expertise and economies of scale. The Aspirations Academies Trust operate schools in London and understand the importance of links between educators and local links for career routes for students within the London economy.
If you would like to hear more about the plans the Aspirations Academies Trust have for the Academy, we are planning an assembly for all students on Monday 15th June at 10am. We are also inviting parents and carers to a presentation at the Academy on Wednesday 24th June at 6pm. Please confirm your attendance by calling us on 0203 301 3620.
If you are not able to attend either presentation but would like to ask questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students beginning to learn how to use their Raspberry Pis at STEM Academy.
All STEM Academy students are receiving a free Raspberry Pi minicomputer and learning how to programme as part of their development and our commitment to developing the essential skills needed for today’s working and learning environment.
Thursday 21st August saw the start of enrolment for the second year of Stem Academy. We are more than doubling in size this year and were excited to see the queues of potential students out the front of the Academy.
Places were allocated to students who had already received offers and whose GCSE results met the entry criteria allowing them onto their chosen courses. Students with offers have until Tuesday 26th August to claim their place before Open Enrolment starts.
STEM Academy was delighted to celebrate their results last week with the first set of AS grades, BTEC unit grades and this week the GCSE results.
Principal John O’Shea was absolutely delighted. “Students and staff have both worked really hard this year and we are pleased to have these results at the end of only our first year”. ” The hard work continues at the start of our second year preparing our students for university, their exams and coursework deadlines, but with the dedication of our teachers and partners such as Google and Generating Genius we are extremely confident of sending our students to the very best universities, jobs and apprenticeships”.
Tom P who celebrated five A grades in AS Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further maths could not have been more delighted. “STEM Academy has given me the chance to excel in the subjects I love”.
STEM Academy was delighted with the BTEC programmes with courses and students excelling. Value added is already predicted to be in the top 10% of post 16 providers nationally. GCSE results were also significantly above national averages especially key subjects such as Maths and English.
On Monday, June 23rd 2014, STEM Academy students visited Technology Will Save Us, a Hackney-based tech company who design technology that users make themselves.
The students were shown a range of TWSU products such as “DIY Gamer”, an electronics kit that allows one to build their own handheld games consoles using inputs to control an 8×8 LED matrix display.
Daniel Hirschmann, the co-founder of TWSU, showed the students his art and marketing projects with Arduino computers. The students were very impressed by use of LED lights and hand-held computers in art installations.
The STEM Academy in Islington has been featured in The Independent as part of an article on Generating Genius, a charity that helps Afro-Caribbean pupils win a place at Russell Group universities.
Many of the pupils at the Free School have participated in the scheme and the charity’s founder, Dr Tony Sewell, is also Chair of Governors at STEM Academy. He commented that the school offers a very different approach to other colleges thanks to them being a “career-first academy”. Read the full article from The Independent here.
At STEM Academy we are delighted to announce we are working with ‘Maths in Education and Industry’ on an initiative for teachers on how to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level maths for students in and around Islington. The workshops for teachers start from July. If anyone is interested in attending then please view the attached flyer