A Hartlepool school has been praised by MP Iain Wright and local business leaders after it became the first 11-16 school in the country to receive an award for its commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, was presented with the STEM Assured Award by Hartlepool MP Mr Wright, who took time out to present the award at the school in the presence of captains of industry and school governors.
Mr Wright presented the award to Lyndsay Reavley, senior teacher in charge of STEM at the college, which has 961 students.
He said: “A good knowledge of STEM subjects helps to drive prosperity in Hartlepool and the rest of the country and boost economic success in the 21st Century.
“STEM subjects can help young people to get into a good career in the future.
“This is what High Tunstall is doing which is really important.
“I wish them every success and the STEM Assured award is a great accolade to show the tremendous work they are doing.”
Alby Pattison, managing director of Hartlepool-based award-winning Hart Biologicals and Hart Innovations Ltd and a governor at High Tunstall, added: “I am really pleased and proud to be associated with High Tunstall on the awarding of the STEM Assured accreditation.
“Staff have worked extremely hard to get High Tunstall to this position.
“It also reflects the progress the college is making with its desire to improve college-industry partnerships around career advice for students.
“As a biological science-based business based in Hartlepool, we know the importance of these links to help students realise the availability of science-based careers in our area, and it is also important that students realise that careers in the STEM subjects offer a real opportunity for individuals in the current climate.”
High Tunstall College of Science has been a specialist science college since 2007 and headteacher Mark Tilling is delighted that the College’s commitment to STEM subjects has been acknowledged.
He said: “This is fantastic news for High Tunstall College of Science and demonstrates the high quality of STEM subjects within our curriculum.
“I am very proud that High Tunstall is the first secondary school in the country to achieve this award and I would like to thank students, staff and everyone else who has contributed to this significant achievement.”
Last year High Tunstall introduced a house system with each of the four houses-Hawking, Turing, Curie and Sharman- named after world-renowned individuals who have been at the cutting edge of science and technology.
Last September, Helen Sharman – the first British astronaut in space – visited High Tunstall to launch the STEM initiative and deliver the college’s annual STEM Lecture.