30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
T: 01803 613215

Y7-11 Absence: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary
School of the Year 2019

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
E:   T: 01803 613215
Y7-11 Absence Line: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary School of the Year 2019

STEM at T.G.G.S.

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‘Women make up 15% of the STEM workforce’

 We at TGGS are working both within our school and with our community to make a difference to this dismaying statistic.

Already some forty percent of our Year Thirteen students go on to study STEM related degrees, and there are increasing numbers of students opting to study engineering and technical sciences after finishing their A levels.  We would love to increase the number of students choosing STEM subjects, especially in engineering and technology.  There are many reasons for girls choosing a career in a STEM related subject, not least of all the fantastic opportunities it offers in terms of a really satisfying and varied career.  Here is a video about some important STEM career facts:

 How are we encouraging our students to consider a STEM related career? 



 Weekly STEM Club.  This takes place every Monday lunchtime and is incredibly well supported.  Our fantastic Year 12 prefects help support our laboratory technicians and Science staff.  We work on a two week cycle; one week we have a practical activity or investigation that students can take part in.  They are often competitive, always require a deal of scientific application and an engineering mind, and most of all are great fun.  The next week we have a competition or paper based activity when students can come in and polish up their STEM skills without getting their hands dirty. (pics)  
STEM related trips.  When possible we take students out on trips to participate in STEM related activities.  Sometimes we manage to take out a whole year group, for example, our Challenge Day trip to We The Curious in Bristol.  On other occasions we will take a more focused group to a more specialised activity.  For example, the TechBay forum that took place at the English Riviera Centre in November.  
STEM competitions.  We encourage and help our girls participate in STEM related competitions both within school, the community and nationally.  We have had two winners in the recent TechBay forum, and a highly commended entrant in the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls.  
Challenge Day activities in school. On challenge days in school we organise STEM activities across a whole year group to give all of the students an opportunity to get involved in a STEM activity, even those who may not think that they are of an engineering inclination.  Many are surprised how engaging the technical challenges can be, and whilst not considering themselves STEM-wise, see the careers in technology in a new light.  Here are Year 10 tackling turbines.  

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