Tony Sewell, Local Chair of Governors, STEM Academy Croydon Gateway said:
“We have taken the decision not to continue with our proposal to open STEM Academy Croydon Gateway, our planned 16-19 academy for Croydon.
This has been a very difficult decision for the Trust to make. However, setting up a free school is a major undertaking and at this present time we feel that we are unable to commit the level of resource required to successfully launch a new academy whilst also fully supporting STEM Academy Tech City, our existing 16-19 academy in Islington.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported our proposal for an academy in Croydon. We remain committed to STEM Academy Tech City and to providing a specialist STEM education to our existing student cohort.”
If you or your child have expressed an interest in applying for STEM Academy Croydon Gateway and would like support finding other options for further education in STEM subjects then please contact us on:
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