FIRMS from Wokingham, Bracknell and beyond are being called on to lend their expertise to the curriculum of the new secondary school opening in Arborfield Garrison.
Bohunt Education Trust (BET), the sponsor behind the new school, is looking to partner with companies in the area whose work involves science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to draw on their expertise to develop its curriculum for new students.
The Trust already runs a successful STEM curriculum at its school in Liphook, Hampshire, where it has partnered with companies such as Siemens and Surrey Satellites Technology Limited (SSTL). Students enjoy STEM lessons as part of the normal timetables, rather than as an after-school activity.
BET is aiming to replicate this model at the Arborfield school when it opens in SEptember 2016, and is looking for companies to support the scheme. By involving business, BET aims to ensure pupils are equipped with the relevant skills so they can flourish in the world of work.
Neil Strowger, CEO of Bohunt Education Trust, said: “The STEM curriculum is an important part of the education we will bring to the new school. The area is renown across the country for its STEM expertise, that’s why we want to partner with companies here to help inspire young people to pursue careers in these subjects.
“Education for us is far more than simply outstanding examination results. The STEM curriculum shows our commitment to giving students the skills, attitudes and ambition to stand-out and succeed long after they have left us.”
Prospective students and parents can learn more about the STEM plans at the new school’s open evenings, which are being held on October 6 and 7 at the Henry Street Garden Centre between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Open mornings on October 12, 13 and 14 will also be held at Bohunt School Liphook where people will have the chance to see the STEM teaching in action.
For more information on the new school visit www.bohunttrust.co.uk.