New BTEC Engineering qualification

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15 April 2016

STUDENTS AT ST PHILIP HOWARD CATHOLIC VOLUNTARY ACADEMY ARE CELEBRATING EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE ‘NEW, UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE’ CURRICULUM OPPORTUNITIES COMING THEIR WAY IN SEPTEMBER 2016 FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL £200,000 BID AT THEIR SITE BEING GRANTED!

St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy already has the best educational outcomes and highest GCSE pass rate in the local area, yet this does not stop them wanting more for their family of students both now and in the future.

St Philip Howard has announced that it is further enhancing the education and learning opportunities it has on offer by launching its new BTEC Engineering qualification in September 2016.  One of the driving factors for introducing this new Engineering qualification is that the Academy wishes to further enhance the educational and learning opportunities for all its students.  Together with a new investment in facilities and machinery within the Design Technology Department to the cost of £200,000, (funded via Condition Improvement Grant monies from its Academy Sponsor, Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocese Education Service), this new subject will also enable girls to improve their achievement and potential further in traditionally ‘male’ subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) consistently at the Academy.

Throughout the UK many students, particularly girls, typically give up on STEM careers as they perceive ‘they are not for people like me’.  To enable girls to picture themselves in STEM roles, St Philip Howard will be actively helping their female students to reconcile the conflict between their self-identity and their perception of STEM careers.   Already, a record number of girls at St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy have opted to study Engineering at Key Stage 4, which bucks the national trend of only 10% of women undertaking careers in the field.

Louisa Morris, Headteacher said: “The focus on opportunities for women in Engineering comes at a time when it has never been more important to address the engineering skills shortage globally.  By encouraging girls into engineering careers, the Academy is tackling gender stereotypes and helping to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted throughout the region”.

St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the lives and prospects of its students and goes above and beyond the national curriculum that they are legally obliged to offer.   This new BTEC Engineering course is an exciting and modern step on the Academy’s journey to become outstanding and shows that they are pioneers giving their students a competitive advantage in gaining employment in STEM related industries.   St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is providing their students with the education of today for the careers of tomorrow……

One current Year 9 girl said “I am really looking forward to studying BTEC Engineering. I will be choosing it as one of my options because I know that not many girls study Engineering or go on to work for Engineering companies. I used to think it was a boys’ subject but I’ve realised that girls are just as good at Engineering. I’m excited that St Philip Howard is giving me the chance to develop my skills in the subject.”

St Philip Howard Catholic Academy “Excellence in Education in North Derbyshire – all children are welcome at our School”. We have a limited number of spare places in some year groups – if you wish to find out more about the learning opportunities at St Philip Howard, please contact the Head’s PA on 01457 853611 to book an appointment to meet the Headteacher and have a tour of the Academy.