A World-Class Cheshire STEM College

'Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.' - Theodore Roosevelt

Our vision is to establish a world-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) College for talented and ambitious 16 – 19 year olds where every student can reach their full potential. Our Cheshire College will be a Centre of Excellence for STEM learning, teaching and assessment within and around Daresbury, Ellesmere Port and surrounding parts of Cheshire West and Chester.

Our Cheshire College will be:

  • A college that allows bright students from all backgrounds to achieve success in Oxbridge, Russell group, and veterinary/medical applications.
  • A nationally leading STEM provider that demonstrates world-class leadership in the design, delivery and assessment of STEM education.
  • The leading STEM education provider in the north-west region that will provide a benchmark for others to aspire to.
  • A college that offers an inspirational enrichment curriculum that develops students’ skills and abilities to the full, enabling them to gain admission to leading universities.
  • An engaging learning environment for students who will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to progress along their chosen career path.
  • A major educator of suitably qualified students who will demonstrate the skills, knowledge and ambition needed to address the regional and national shortfall in STEM related disciplines.

In this way, our Cheshire College will be an iconic 16-19 Centre for STEM learning and provision for young people within and beyond its immediate location. Our Cheshire College aspires to transform the lives of young people by providing them with a world-class STEM education. Our students will leave the college to enter either higher education or employment with training, with outstanding qualifications and the skills that will make them highly attractive to their chosen universities and future employers.

The college will challenge and support every one of its students to develop lively enquiring minds, to gain both the self-confidence and the determination to be successful in their future lives. The college will provide personal tutor support to each individual student, and in addition will provide each student with a suitable external mentor, including STEM ambassadors, undergraduate and post-graduate STEM students, inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and local, national and international employers.

We will develop links with local industry and employers so that students can complete research projects in partnership with them. Our college will develop international links, giving our students the opportunity to carry out field work in other countries, and visit students in other European schools and colleges to collaborate on scientific projects.

The college will use the power of technology to develop the ability to communicate within the college but also across education communities, and even globally. Technology will be used to the full to enrich learning, for example by use of online lectures and seminars by leading academics.

We intend to offer the A level curriculum in four days a week, with one day (or two half-days) devoted to a varied and rewarding enrichment programme. There will be a wide range of innovative enrichment opportunities, both within the STEM curriculum and beyond.

The college will actively reach out to local 11-16 high schools, and to other young people of that age group. We will provide masterclasses to develop their skills and interests in STEM subjects, and run regular Saturday morning sessions to engage them.

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To meet our target for submission to the DfE, we need to ensure that Cheshire 16-19 Free School would be the school of first choice for parents and students.

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