School In brief
The East London Science School will open in September 2013 for 120 Year 7 pupils. The school will grow organically as each year group is recruited to reach a total of 600 pupils in Years 7 - 11. We plan on opening the sixth form within two years which will then grow with the school to a total number of 400 students. This will give us a total of 1000 pupils. All pupils will follow an academic curriculum, focusing on the sciences and mathematics but covering a broad range of subjects. The aim is to give pupils the best academic education possible comparable with the top public schools in London.
All our girls and boys will receive an excellent academic education which will rival the best on offer in public schools. We aim to give our pupils the confidence to strive for success in everything they do. We will give our pupils a unique space in which their imaginations are set free and given the chance to flourish.
Our vision is based on six founding principles
- ALL children deserve the best education possible. Education is about more than achieving good grades. Our aim is to show pupils ideas have the power to shape the world we live in. We want to instil a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.
- A “well educated” pupil must have a good science education. A science education grounded in the disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology is fundamental to knowing how we understand and shape the world we live in.
- Good teaching is the best way to open a child’s mind. We expect all our teachers to engage our pupils by intellectually challenging them and bringing knowledge of everything from the sciences, arts and languages to life.
- The best pupils are open to questioning their own thought. A true measure of a critical thinker is his or her ability to accept criticism. Through knowledge of the beliefs of others our pupils will be encouraged to develop a stronger sense of their own beliefs.
- Pupils should be encouraged to nurture their talents and develop new skills. We will foster our pupils’ talents in the arts, sports and debate to create a space for all our pupils to thrive. Our technical education will give pupils the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in High-tech industries.
- We can judge our success by the impact our pupils have on the world. By understanding that ideas have the power to change the way we think and act, our pupils will be encouraged to take responsibility for shaping their own destiny and the future of others.
An excellent science education
We will offer specialist teaching in physics, chemistry and biology from Year 7 to 11. A good academic science education is fundamental to a good education. As David Perks, the Principal put it, "Science addresses some of the most fundamental questions we can ask about the Universe and our place in it, from evolution to the origins of the Universe itself. It should be a major part of every child’s education irrespective of whether they choose to pursue a scientific career or not.”
However, it is a recognised fact that we have a shortage of science and engineering graduates in this country. We aim to provide the opportunity for children in East London to have the chance to study the sciences at top universities and inspire a new generation of scientists, medics and engineers.
The East London Science School will be at the forefront of a movement to teach computer science to every child. From coding to robotics, we will give every pupil a chance to engage with the leading edge of technology which will put them in a good place to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue training and careers in the High-tech industries.
Broad and balanced liberal curriculum
The school is not just about science. In addition to the three sciences and mathematics the East London Science School will offer a broad liberal curriculum including English, Classics, Modern languages, History, Geography, Music, Sport and the Arts. In addition, a wide range of extra-curricular sporting and cultural activities will be on offer. Outside speakers who are pre-eminent in their profession will be regularly invited to speak.
"London as our classroom"
We want to make the most of what London has to offer and will take every opportunity to give our pupils the chance to visit and work with leading London scientific and cultural institutions, such as the Science Museum and the National Gallery.
“The East London Science School will offer an academic curriculum to everyone who studies there, irrespective of ability or background. I passionately believe that we underestimate what we can expect from children” Perks said.