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STEM

Why a focus on STEM?

  • We offer a high quality STEM curriculum that inspires children and prepares them for work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths industries.
  • Children can synthesise knowledge in order to think critically about the world around them and solve problems that are yet to be discovered.
  • In Hartlepool, We have some of the world’s leading petrochemical and engineering firms on our doorstep. We even have our own nuclear power plant.

Partners with industry

Intelect are an engineering solutions firm working in utilities, renewable energy, food and beverage manufacturing and heavy industry. They have kindly sponsored our lab coats and will be working with our school closely on a range of exciting projects to develop our understanding of how what we learn in school is applied in real contexts.

Links with industry and FE

Every child in St Peter’s will have the chance to visit the nuclear power station during their time with us.

In 2019, all Upper KS2 pupils attended:

  • a career fair attended by major petrochemical employers, universities, NHS, biomedical engineering firms, renewable energy firms and representatives from the automotive industry.
  • Hartlepool FE college to explore their health, aeronautical engineering and mechanics departments

Why is this important?

Labour Market Information (2018 data)

Sector Hartlepool (%) National (%)
Manufacturing (including engineering solutions) 12.1 8.1
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 2.8 0.5
Water supply; sewerage,  waste management and remediation activities 1.6 0.7
Construction 6 4.7

Guest Speakers

Here are some of the people we have heard from through web chats, STEM lectures or visits to school.

Engineers from Durham University have worked with our pupils to develop their understanding of renewable energy.

STEM days

In 2018-19, every child in KS2 at St Peter’s took part in at least one off-site STEM day delivered by secondary specialists and industry leaders.

STEM Club

We have had to expand our STEM club this year as last year there was a waiting list! Our STEM club meets every Friday. #Projects so far include:

  • Designed and made solar-powered cars to be evaluated by a real racing engineer
  • Created our own signature colour and coloured jelly crystals using superabsorbent polymers
  • Made and tested ballasted life boats with a working winch.
  • Created our own computer games
  • Dug for fossils in our own replica dig
  • Built a boat and competed against other schools in the Wind In Your Sails competition
  • Dismantled a hard drive to see what’s inside

Our Stem Ambassadors 2019-20

Our Values and Ethos

Christian teachings play a large part in the daily goings on at St Peter's

Friendship & Trust

Service

Thankfulness

Compassion

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