Felsted School has been awarded the prestigious Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Silver Science Mark in recognition of the excellent work undertaken by the science department.
Science Mark was created by STEM Learning to recognise and celebrate best practice in science departments across the UK, setting a standard that only around 15% of secondary schools are expected to meet.
The accolade was awarded to Felsted for delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrating their science department’s commitment to high-quality education. In particular, a strong vision as a department which is embraced by both students and staff, combined with great student progress in examinations and a growing trend in those going on to study science related subjects in further education.
Adam Little, Professional Development Leader at STEM Learning, commented; “We are delighted to congratulate Felsted School on receiving the Silver Science Mark. This is such a prestigious achievement because the assessment process is so rigorous, ensuring the programme is a true hallmark of quality science teaching. Felsted has demonstrated a real and ongoing commitment to excellent science education in their school.”
Felsted’s Head of Science, Mrs Heather Mollison comments; “I am very proud to have received this award on behalf of my whole department, in recognition of their hard work in all areas, including teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and leadership, as well as taking into consideration the pastoral needs of students.”
Felsted Science Department, made up of 16 dedicated and qualified staff, is committed not just to quality science teaching but also extra-curricular learning. Many are involved with activities such as sport or CCF outside of the classroom as well as extra-curricular and outreach projects, including STEM awards. Felsted also recently hosted its own Women in Science Day, inspiring young girls from local schools to aspire to science related studies and careers in the future.”
Felsted has a number of high calibre former Felstedians working in the science industries, including Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, Dr Tony Hunter, who recently won the International Award for cancer research after discovering a protein that targets the growth of cancer cells. Felsted offers an annual scholarship in his honour which is awarded to pupils showing exceptional talent in Science and whose aspiration is to study these subjects at the highest level at University and beyond.