Hartlepool teacher wins national award for inspiring young scientists and engineers

Lyndsay Reavley
Lyndsay Reavley

A Hartlepool secondary school teacher has received national recognition for her work.

Lyndsay Reavley, senior STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathmatics) teacher at High Tunstall College of Science attended the prestigious National STEM Inspiration Awards held at the House of Lords.

She had been nominated for an award in the Joan Sjøvoll category by RTC North, regional contract holders for STEMNET in recognition of the STEM work she has carried out in the region.

The Joan Sjøvoll Award for STEM Leadership Award recognises anyone employed in a STEM leadership role who has worked to foster an understanding of STEM subjects within their organisation, inspiring and leading others to actively promote STEM education and careers.

She had been shortlisted as one of three final nominees from a long list of entrants spanning across the UK and was announced as the nation’s winner this week.

In 2015 Lyndsay applied for STEM Assured status for the college’s STEM provision and High Tunstall College of Science were successfully awarded in April 2016.

To achieve the STEM Assured status, education providers are assessed against a robust framework that benchmarks their capability to design and deliver STEM courses that keep pace with emerging technology and the evolving needs of employers.

High Tunstall is the only 11-16 state-funded secondary school with STEM Assured status.

A spokesman for the school said: “This status proves that the STEM provision at HTCS is ‘of a consistently high quality and aligned with current

and anticipated industry requirements’ and that ‘its employability and related transferrable skills are embedded in the curriculum and reflect their students’ journey.

“The impact on the young people has been huge. They are now aware of the soft skills and subjects they need for a wide range of careers.

“Lyndsay is working toward a mentor for each form group during their tutor time as well as a bespoke careers programme for every student. The inspiring trips and visits along with STEM figures for career destinations is really starting to filter throughout the school.

“The drive for STEM has had many positive effects, one of which is an increase in the intake of students in Year 7. The school has gone from being undersubscribed to oversubscribed.”