STEM

Priestley was the first dedicated sixth form college in the UK to receive STEM assured status and continues to lead the way in these subjects.

The prestigious honour – awarded by NEF: The Innovation Institute – put the college on a list of the UK’s top providers of education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our STEM students achieve great things while at college and progress on to some of the finest university courses in the country as well as work for leading players in STEM industries.

Moving on to top destinations in STEM

Priestley College’s STEM students go on to study at the finest institutions in the country and courses as diverse as Medicine, Cyber Security, Chemistry and many more. Here is just a small selection of our STEM alumni and what they did next.

Our partners in STEM

One of the key reasons for our success in STEM is the strong partnerships we have forged with industry. They offer work placements, lectures, workshops and support us with events in college. We are very grateful to all our partners.

STEM Assured Status

Priestley has STEM-assured status which has been described as the national ‘gold standard’ for these subjects.

That means if you want to study a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subject here you are giving yourself the best chance to succeed.

“We have a committed and passionate team of tutors across STEM and our students go on to excel at the highest level after college,” said our STEM coordinator Shahida Khanam.

Priestley’s STEM status is determined by the quality of its teachers, facilities such as university-standard laboratories and the technology centre as well as our links with major employers.

More than 60 organisations provide work experience, workshops or assignments including Oxford University, the Environment Agency, Sellafield, Barclays, Warrington Borough Council and the MoD.

Priestley's STEM successes
  • Students regularly secure Nuffield placements allowing them to work with industry professionals.
  • Every year students achieve medals in the UKMT senior Maths challenge.
  • Priestley has won a national competition to design an app several times in recent years.
  • Eminent speakers visit college annually to discuss their expertise and students also benefit from prestigious work experience placements.
  • Our engineers have built an electric go-kart as part of the Electro Kart project, setting a model for other schools and colleges to follow.
Memorable moments

STEM students leave Priestley College with many great memories of inspiring lessons, trips at home and abroad, visiting industry lecturers, science festivals and much more. One guest lecturer was Doctor Frank Mair from The University of Manchester whose talk was full of colour, loud bangs and fascinating scientific insight.

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