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5 December 2018

U13 EFL Girls Football Competition (Road to Wembley) …. District Champions
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5 December 2018

U13 EFL Girls Football Competition (Road to Wembley) …. District Champions

On Wednesday 28 November, the U13 Girls CAP Football team were crowned District Champions.
 
This is a fantastic achievement, as it is a fiercely contested competition with over 18 schools involved from the local district.
The girls won all their group games comfortably and then defeated current champions St Ivo in the final, via a tense penalty shootout.
The team was a mix of Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington students and they will now move onto the next challenge, representing Cambridgeshire in the regional final.
They are one step closer to Wembley…

13 November 2018

Key Stage 3 students talk about life at CAST
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13 November 2018

Key Stage 3 students talk about life at CAST

Hear what some of our Key Stage 3 students have to say about studying at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology.

Please click here to view their short video.

9 November 2018

What is it like to study at CAST Sixth Form?
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9 November 2018

What is it like to study at CAST Sixth Form?

Hear what some of our Sixth Form students have to say about studying at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology.

Please click here to view their short video.

23 October 2018

CV Workshops and Mock Interviews
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23 October 2018

CV Workshops and Mock Interviews

Year 12 students have all completed CVs and had these checked and received feedback on them from HR professionals.  They have also all had a mock interview. Year 10s have also all written CVs and will have their feedback meetings and mock interviews on the first Thursday back after the holiday.

19 October 2018

Challenge Project News
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19 October 2018

Challenge Project News

Challenge Projects are well underway.  Year 11s have recently started a project designing and building a robotic arm, year 9s are investigating photosynthesis and biofuels.  Last week we also had 3 sixth form projects start, our biomedical strand has seen a group of students start to clone and express the LC2 protein involved in autophagy with scientists from the Babraham Institute; the physical science/engineering strand is seeing students working with Zeiss and the Gurdon Institute to explore microscopy; whilst the computer scientists are working with Redgate and AstraZeneca on a bioinformatics based project.  The first full year 10 project, working with the University of Cambridge will start shortly exploring the use of animals in research.

3 October 2018

Geneva 2018
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3 October 2018

Geneva 2018

This month, some of our Sixth Formers flew to Geneva to visit CERN to see the Hadron Collider. The trip included a 3 hour tour of the facility and a visit to the United Nations and International Red Cross, both also based in Geneva.

Students took lots of photos to share – including some of Physics Monkey, who accompanied them on their tour…Inside the UN chamber…And under the Broken Chair sculpture across the street from the Palace of Nations. The 12-metre high sculpture symbolises opposition to landmines and cluster bombs. This is the first time CAST has visited CERN but we hope to repeat the trip on an annual basis for our Year 12 and 13.

26 September 2018

Cambridge Independent Article
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26 September 2018

Cambridge Independent Article

On Wednesday 26th September, the Cambridge Independent published a three page article on Cambridge Academic Partnership. The article included comments from our Chief Executive, Andrew Hutchinson, and our new Chair for the Trust, Janet Swadling. There is a piece on each of our schools and our Adult Learn and Train department as well.

Click here to view a copy of the article.

20 September 2018

Geography Trip to Southwold
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20 September 2018

Geography Trip to Southwold

A recent geography trip to Southwold in Suffolk to look at beach management strategies was described by one student as ‘fun and educational.’

Judging by the photos, it was a pretty windy day – but a perfect one to be studying the movement of materials along beaches.

They investigated whether beach management strategies were preventing longshore drift from depleting the beach of sand and listened to lectures at the Geography Fieldwork Academy and examined drone footage to assess the scale of the issue. They then moved onto the beach to collect primary data to analyse back at school.

The feedback afterwards was lovely too. Chris Webster, Head of Centre at The Geography Fieldwork Academy, described students from both our school and Parkside as a credit to both schools and their teachers.

Chris said: “Many of your students thanked myself and our staff as they left our facilities and voluntarily helped to tidy up our working space. Please pass on my appreciation and compliments to them from all of us at The Geography Fieldwork Academy.”

14 September 2018

Travelling to the College
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14 September 2018

Travelling to the College

For many students, especially those new to CAST, travelling to college involves becoming familiar with new routines. Some students experience long journeys and varying modes of transport. We would encourage families to talk about safety on those journeys.

Walking and particularly cycling can involve the need for heightened awareness of traffic as well as attention to pedestrians. There are basic safety measures to take account of and we expect that students would wear helmets, use lights and wear visible clothing in dark conditions. Wearing headphones at high volumes can be particularly dangerous in reducing levels of attention so we would suggest you might want to discourage this.

For those new to the guided busway path, this is an efficient, quick and off-road way to travel. However, please do check that as a family you have understood the high speed and close proximity of buses so that when walking or cycling, young people can keep safe by allowing a good distance from the edge of the track (in a similar way to when trains pass through stations). If you have any concerns about travel routes we will try our best to give advice and support.

23 August 2018

GCSE Individual Success Stories
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23 August 2018

GCSE Individual Success Stories

Gemma achieved straight grade 8s and 9s across all of her GCSEs, plus an A for her Higher Project Qualification. She wants to go on to study medicine at university after her A-levels. In addition to her GCSEs, whilst at CAST Gemma has also worked with Medimmune, Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council, had the opportunity to attend a Careers in Medicine conference run by Addenbrooke’s Hospital and achieved a Gold Award in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge.

Rocco plans to become a civil engineer or architect. His strong GCSE results in Maths and sciences mean his dream is closer to becoming to reality. Studying at CAST has allowed Rocco to complete work experience in construction with Bouygues, a Higher Project Qualification based upon architectural design and 4 of the Academy’s employer led Challenge Projects, including a 9 week civil engineering project with Mott MacDonald, for which he achieved an EDT Industrial Cadets Award.

Aman achieved Level 9s in all three science subjects and top grades in almost all other subjects that he has taken. He is a keen scientist who wants to go on and study STEM subjects at A Level and beyond, his GCSE results put him in strong position to do this. In addition to completing his GCSEs, Aman has also completed The Duke of York Award, UKMT Maths Challenge, NEF Certificate in Innovation, Employability and Enterprise and a Higher Project Qualification whilst at the Academy.

Max is a physical scientist with a very promising future; achieving very high grades in all the STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Computer Science). The ‘project based’ learning skills achieved through the Academy’s employer led projects allowed him to achieve an A* on his Higher Project Qualification, which involved the production of a sectioned and working petrol engine. Additionally, Max says he is now confident in taking responsibility, leading groups and presenting work.

23 August 2018

CAST Celebrates GCSE Results
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23 August 2018

CAST Celebrates GCSE Results

Students at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology are celebrating after more students than ever did well in the sciences and English.

All students study the separate sciences and overall 81 per cent achieved two or more science grades at a 4 or above.

Biology was especially strong for the school as 86 per cent achieved grade 4 or above.

Results in English were pleasing with 83 per cent gaining a grade 4 or above.

16 August 2018

College Celebrates A-Level and BTEC Success
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16 August 2018

College Celebrates A-Level and BTEC Success

Staff and students are celebrating a great set of results today, with more students than ever gaining the top A-Level grades.

As a specialist STEM college, all sixth form students study highly demanding Science and Maths courses. Almost half of the grades achieved in these subjects are at A*- B. 73% of the cohort achieved Grades A* – C in two or more of their A-Levels or secured the BTEC Extended Diploma (which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels).

At Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology students also have the opportunity to take part in “real-world” projects delivered by top science and technology companies. These skills are reflected in the results of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with almost half of grades being A*/ A.

Head-teacher, Sian Foreman commented “Our students have been highly successful in progressing onto their chosen university places, apprenticeships and careers. Destinations for students are very impressive, with over 70% going on to university this year to study STEM courses ranging from Medicine to Finance and Cybersecurity. University destinations this year include Exeter, Durham, Glasgow and Nottingham. There is no doubt that the additional project work that students undertake with local companies supports success with degree and work applications.”

17 July 2018

Results Day and Enrolment Information
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17 July 2018

Results Day and Enrolment Information

1.Thursday 16th A level Results Day and UCAS Support 10am – 1pm

2.Friday 17th UCAS Support 10am to 2pm

3.Thursday 23rd GCSE Results Day 10am – 1pm

If students are already enrolled in year 11 at CAST they can enrol for the sixth form when they collect their GCSE results.

All other students wishing to enrol at CAST should come to the college reception, Robinson Way, Cambridge (CB2 8PX for SATNAV) on either Thursday 23rd (1pm-5pm) or Friday 24th August 2018 (8am to 5pm).

The college is also open on Tuesday 28th August (8am-5pm).

Staff may also be available on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th August by appointment (please contact the email address below)

If a student is unable to attend but wishes to retain their offer, please contact Kimberley Enright (admissions@cap.education) to book an alternative appointment.

Any students wanting to study L3 courses, but have not previously had a conditional offer from CAST, please come along and meet us at the above times to talk to one of our staff to discuss your options.

Students will need to bring copies of their GCSE results (or equivalent) with them to the meeting. Students who have not met the offer entry requirements should also email us to discuss their options. All enquiries should be emailed to admissions@parksidefederation.org.uk

16 July 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs
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16 July 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

CAST have put together an FAQ document for any new starters. See below or click here to view the pdf version.

‘How long is the school day’

Tutor time begins at 8:30am, with 1st lesson starting at 8:45am. For most, the school day finishes at either 3:40 or 4:30pm – please visit the following link for a breakdown of the school day: http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/college-day

With parental permission, if families prefer for home learning to be completed at home students are allowed to leave at 3:40pm but are also able to stay until 4:30pm.

‘Are there any after school clubs’

Yes, on a Wednesday the PFA offer after school clubs at CAST to all Pre-16 students and finish at 4:30pm. All students are expected to undertake extra-curricular activities. Students will be excused from these if they have other club commitments outside of the college: ie. swimming, karate.

‘What is a Conference Day’

Parkside Federation have conference days, otherwise known as teacher training days throughout the year and these can be found on the college calendar

http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/calendar

‘How is progress reported to parents’

The Academy uses Go4Schools to report progress and assessments to parents. More information is available here: http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/assessment-and-reporting

‘What is the school uniform and where can we purchase it’

Please see the website for details regarding our uniform expectations: http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/uniform

‘What do we have to do for the transition of our child from their current school’

Our admissions team, based at Coleridge, will contact each school at any point between now and the 8th May to inform them that your child is transferring to us. There are no forms you need to complete for your current school.

‘Are there any induction days’

Yes, an induction day will take place on Friday 6th July. Students will attend in the day and parents will be invited to come back at 3:30pm for a talk with the Headteacher and other staff members. There will be a chance for you to ask any questions about the practical aspects of starting in September.

‘When can students use the gym’

In PE lessons or any after school extra-curricular session.

‘Do students get the chance to do work experience at a work placement in Year 10/11’

All students undertake a week in Year 10 and 11.

‘Do families need to provide lab coats / goggles etc’

No, safety equipment is provided and maintained by the College.

‘Is the school canteen providing hot meals? Is it cash payment or online payments’

The College has independent on site caterers and offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. We encourage students not to bring cash on to the site. Parents can top up via Parentmail +Pay from home or students are able to top up at reception using their own credit/debit card.

Free school meal information and further information regarding catering is available here: http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/catering.

‘Travelling to the College’

Current information regarding travel can be found here – http://www.cast.education/college-life/students-and-families/student-travel. Further information will be available on the Induction day in July.

13 July 2018

Raising Money for Oxfam’s Goat Aid
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13 July 2018

Raising Money for Oxfam’s Goat Aid

Well done to Jade and her friends from Year 10 whose cake sale this week (21st to 25th May) raised an impressive £96 for Oxfam’s Goat Aid Scheme – which raises money to buy goats for families in Africa that need them.

All their baking paid off because in just a single morning and lunchtime break, they managed to raise enough to buy three goats. They’re now planning their next fundraiser, however, with the aim of bringing the total to £150 – where Oxfam pledges to buy a grand total of 10 goats.

The goats provide families in Africa with much needed milk and cheese which they can then eat or sell to raise money as well as the potential to breed the animals for meat.

Friday 13th July we had a non-school uniform day which brought the fundraising total to £150.65 (with a few more coins to come!) – which means there’s enough to buy ten goats under Oxfam’s Goat Aid Scheme.

Speaking after the tally hit the £150 mark, Jade said: “It’s really nice to be able to help people because one goat can change a life!”

12 July 2018

Colchester Zoo Trip
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12 July 2018

Colchester Zoo Trip

Our Year 12 A Level students invoked a bit of trip envy this week – with a visit to Colchester Zoo for some important learning as well as fun activities.

As part of their Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology studies, the students had a Conservation talk designed to help put everything they’ve learnt so far into context.

Their second talk was all about animal behaviour – followed by a chance to have a go at training the zoo’s goats using a technique the zoo uses to manage the animals with the minimum of stress.

Daniel, one of the students who went, said: “It was a really enjoyable trip. I never thought training goats could be that much fun.”

9 July 2018

Challenge Festival
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9 July 2018

Challenge Festival

This week kicked off with our annual Challenge Festival – which was a chance for us to say thank you to all the amazing businesses we work with, who support our students on their Challenge Projects throughout the Academic Year.

Our guests and students had a chance to look at some of the work from the years Challenge Projects in an informal networking event in the Learning Plaza.

The Festival then moved into the Lecture Theatre for some presentations. Firstly, Jon Green, our Chair of Governors and Vice President of Medimmune, talked about the value of high quality STEM education to the UK economy. Jon then introduced Iolene, one of our year 10 students, who gave a presentation of drug discovery in front of a packed Lecture Theatre of around 200 people. Iolene was winner of the Drug Discovery Challenge.

Mike Falconer, Partnership Manager for the Engineering Development Trust, then spoke about the value of a skills based STEM education to the life chances of the students, before presenting them with their Industrial Cadets Awards.  All of our year 10 students achieved their Silver Award and Year 12 students the Gold Award, an outstanding achievement, very well done to all of them.

Dr Alistair Easterfield, Assistant Head, Challenge and Careers, said: “It was great to see so many of our employer partners and parents coming to support our students and celebrate their work.

“The Challenge Projects, and many other activities around the College, could not happen without the exceptional support that we receive from a very large number of people from across the Cambridge STEM community.  

“We were very pleased to recognise this support by presenting companies and organisations that have worked with us with certificates of thanks.  A huge thank you to all of them.”

6 July 2018

Induction Days at CAST
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6 July 2018

Induction Days at CAST

Sixth Form – Monday 2nd July

How tall could you build a free standing tower – using just spaghetti and jelly babies? That was the challenge set for our new Sixth Formers on their Induction Day.

Aside from the team-bonding exercise, they spent the day in lessons – ready for when they start in September.

Years 9 & 10 – Friday 6th July

Our new Year 9 and 10s team bonding exercise was human bingo and the ‘Who Am I?’ game – which seemed to do the trick judging by some of the friendships that struck up in just one day.

After the team bonding, lessons were across the board – including Chemistry with Laura; Computer Studies with Barry and English with Hilary, where students analysed the opening extract of Wolf Hall.

29 June 2018

‘Chocrete’ Blocks Engineering Project
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29 June 2018

‘Chocrete’ Blocks Engineering Project

Always keen to inject a little fun into projects – last week we filled the college with the smell of chocolate as part of our ongoing Mott MacDonald-led Challenge project asking Year 10s to design a hydropower scheme for Georgia.Students designed and manufactured their own ‘chocrete’ blocks for the project – with over 50 bars of chocolate melted in waterbaths in Main Challenge throughout the morning.

The chocolate was then mixed with over 20 boxes of cereal in the afternoon, to a ratio designed by students – with each block finishing up at about 20 x 5 x 5 cm. The practical simulated the real life issues faced by engineers when mixing mortar and aggregate to make concrete.

Next week sees the completion of the nine-week project – at which point the ‘chocrete’ blocks will be tested (not eaten) for their strength.

part from making the college smell GORGEOUS for the day, students had lots of fun getting stuck into the chocolate.

28 June 2018

Year 11 Prom 2018
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28 June 2018

Year 11 Prom 2018

Our Year 11s arrived at Trumpington Community College for an Oscar-themed night with mini Oscars awarded in different categories – such as Most Likely To Break A World Record (Theo in running); Most Likely To Be Famous (Kayleigh) and Most Likely To Take Over The World (Matilda).

Looking every inch the Hollywood stars, our students posed for pictures on their way into the Prom. Thanks to Fraser Parry Photography in Saffron Walden for the lovely photos – and to Kelly, from Student Services, for organising such a great event.

25 June 2018

Enrichment Day
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25 June 2018

Enrichment Day

This week, we welcomed around 100 Year 10 students from both Parkside and Coleridge for a morning of activities focussing on the application of the GCSE Science they had been learning about in the real world.

Up in main Challenge, on the second floor, students had a go at designing and building a parachute system that would enable an egg to land without breaking.

Students got to work with paper stencils (which they sized and measured themselves) – which they then used to cut the shape of the parachutes out of black bin liners.

Students also took part in a drug trial, looking at caffeine and how it affected response time. 

In addition to this, they also got some careers advice from Assistant Head Alistair, where they looked at different roles requiring science qualifications.

Colin, Director of STEM, said: “We hope that we have given the students something to think about as they begin considering their post-16 options in September and they have a better understanding of the opportunities for those with science skills.”

Joe Crane, Assistant Headteacher, KS4, Parkside Community College, added: “The enrichment day is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the work they have done in lessons and to find out about further opportunities in STEM.”

19 June 2018

Year 10 Sports Day
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19 June 2018

Year 10 Sports Day

Thanks to Amy, our sports teacher here at CAST, for organising the recent Sports Day for Year 10s.

Around 50 students went across to Trumpington Community College where they took part in several different sports – including some of the more unusual ones like hula hooping!

We hear there was quite a bit of competition between staff and students – particularly when it came to the Tug of War – which the students won.

Travis said: “There was confusion on the staff side as to whether we were finished or not so Amy let go and the students won – so we definitely need a rematch.”

15 June 2018

CAST Film
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15 June 2018

CAST Film

Thanks to all the staff and students who took part in the filming of our new CAST video – Gigi, Ethan and Anna from Year 10, along with Luke, Roisin and Nanyo from Year 12 – as well as everyone else who was filmed around the college, during break and in lessons.

We are now in the process of putting together two versions of the video – one to take out to other secondary schools to show them all about CAST and another one with all the interviews in, to be shown at our Open Days in October.

We’ll also be featuring individual interviews over Social Media over the coming weeks – as some of the things both students, and external companies, said about CAST were not just informative, but also really singing the praises of the college – so it’s definitely a place for you all to be proud of!

Some of the praise included comments about our facilities – including ‘It’s the only secondary academy I am aware of that has a tissue culture lab, so it’s really amazing. The kind of same level of facilities you would find in a University research lab for instance’ (Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development, Cambridge University Health Partners).

Comments from students included – ‘Teachers are very supportive.. outside of college they also care if you are happy and that’s really important to me that they are there for me whenever’ (Roisin, Year 12) as well as ‘I am surrounded by a lot of people who are very clever. It really inspires me to learn lots and become as academic as I can be’ (Anna, Year 10).

13 June 2018

Year 12 Visit to Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills
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13 June 2018

Year 12 Visit to Anglia Ruskin for Introduction to University Research Skills

This week, a group of Year 12 students visited Anglia Ruskin University to take part in two workshops to help them develop the skills required for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – which gives them the transferable skills they need for either University or the world of work.

During their visit, students learnt about information searching and references and went on to learn about academic writing and critical thinking.

Ruth McKenzie, EPQ and Transition Co-ordinator, said: “The students enjoyed the experience and said they found it really interesting and helpful learning the steps for planning an essay.”

25 May 2018

Students learn about flow meters by 3D modelling their designs
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25 May 2018

Students learn about flow meters by 3D modelling their designs

Our Year 12s were fortunate to work with Andrew Dames and his colleges from Sentec, a local engineering firm, on their flow meter challenge project. They learnt how current building management systems using valves to control water flow are inefficient and how using flow meters to control the motors instead is a lot more efficient.

They went through several stages of designing, producing, testing, evaluating and improving their flow meters. They did this by 3D modelling their designs and then printing them out on the 3D printers. They then used their flow meter to record the flow rate of the water through the motor on their rig and compared these readings to those produced from a commercial flow meter. They finished their projects by producing a poster which they presented to employees of Sentec, who were impressed by their work.

17 May 2018

Cambridge LaunchPad Project
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17 May 2018

Cambridge LaunchPad Project

When you teach, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing excited, engaged faces in front of you.

So take a look at what impact our very talented Year 12s (pictured below) had on a group of primary school children on a recent visit to CAST to experience what it is like to study STEM subjects.

As part of the project, organised with Form The Future, our Year 12s spent the day with a group of year 5 students from The Spinney Primary School in Cherry Hinton teaching them what they’d learnt from their own water management project which they’d studied over several weeks, working with both Anglian Water and Cambridge Water.

The day started with a session on the global water crisis and compared how access to safe, clean water varies across the world.

The younger students then took part in an activity to design a water filter using different materials, depending on which resources are available in different countries.

They then rotated through a series of hands-on activities which included looking at water-dwelling organisms under a microscope; measuring water quality by testing for pollutants and particulates; and designing a healthy river bed by placing logs and rocks at ideal points to improve water flow and prevent dams building up.

Well done to Tawi and Hazel who were selected to attend a prize trip in July alongside other schools that are taking part in Cambridge LaunchPad – but now is the perfect opportunity to say we were very proud of all our Year 12s for all their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the day.

11 May 2018

British Biology Olympiad
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11 May 2018

British Biology Olympiad

Congratulations to Aisha (pictured with Alex, Director of Life Sciences) and Callum for their success in the British Biology Olympiad.

This competition challenges and motivates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents.

The competition provides a means of selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad.

Certificates were awarded to students who achieved a Gold, Silver, Bronze, Highly Commended or Commended award in January’s competition. Students who achieved a Gold, Silver and Bronze award will also receive a coin medal. The highest scoring student then complete the IBO 2018 UK Team Selection paper, students may then be invited to the UK Team Selection Final.

Aisha and Callum completed an online competition in January 2018. Aisha achieved Gold and an invite to compete in the next selection stage and Callum was Commended for his performance.

Aisha was one of the 125 (out of the original 7818 entrants) students who made it to the second round – and being in the top 1.6% of students nationally is an achievement to be proud of.

Well done Aisha and Callum!

11 May 2018

MedImmune Challenge Project finale
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11 May 2018

MedImmune Challenge Project finale

Since February, Year 10 students have been working with scientists from MedImmune, the biologics arm of AstraZeneca, to learn about how new medicines are conceived and developed.

The project concluded last week with students giving presentations on the topic ‘Challenge faced in developing new biologic medicines’. All the students presented in College, with the best presentations being selected to present at MedImmune’s Granta Park HQ. This year the quality of all the presentations was exceptionally high and some students also made some very innovative videos.

A special congratulations to the eight finalists: Iolene, Matthew, Kirill, Ellie-Ann, Ethan, Kanad, Tim and Anna. Pictured left are Matthew, Tim, Ellie-Ann, Iolene and Anna

Below are the ‘official’ photos from the Year 10 project with MedImmune on the topic of ‘Challenge faced in developing new biologic medicines’.

10 May 2018

Big Question Day – Lifestyle Choices
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10 May 2018

Big Question Day – Lifestyle Choices

As part of our Big Question Day yesterday, students were looking at lifestyle choices – particularly in relation to drugs and alcohol as well as sexual health.

Year 10s spent the morning researching drugs and alcohol to look at the physical, emotional, psychological and social impact of drugs and alcohol and how to keep safe and healthy in a modern world.

This was followed by a visit from the Cambridge branch of the Terrence Higgins Trust who ran a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire style quiz on sexual health, with prizes at the end.

9 May 2018

Visit to New AstraZeneca Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus
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9 May 2018

Visit to New AstraZeneca Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Some of the Year 12s were lucky enough to visit and learn about the new AstraZeneca HQ on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – soon to be one of our nearest neighbours.

Students took part in practical activities, a virtual reality walk through the new building and an immersive cinema experience.

30 April 2018

Big Question Day – Relationships
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30 April 2018

Big Question Day – Relationships

Earlier this term, Relationship Expert Elaine Taylor and colleague Sheila Bowler, from Relate Cambridge, visited CAST to talk to Year 11s for one of our Big Question Days, looking at the impact of separation and divorce.

Students were encouraged to think about both the practical and emotional impact of divorce and separation – so that if they, or any of their friends, were experiencing it they could look at ways of managing it.

“It’s about keeping some sort of perspective on what’s going on, so although it is such a shock and it feels all-consuming at the time, it is a situation that can be managed. That’s what my main mission is to get across,” said Elaine.

“It’s not what happens to you, it’s how it’s managed and it’s having the right sort of support, the right sort of skills to cope with that situation, and a lot of the skills that are helpful are relationship skills which apply to all manner of situations in life, not just this one.”

** Relate offers counselling for families as well as for children and young people. To find out more go to: www.relatecambridge.org.uk

27 April 2018

Year 11 Prom Venue
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27 April 2018

Year 11 Prom Venue

Earlier this week, some of our Year 11s got to check out the venue for this year’s prom – the gorgeous, open atrium of Trumpington College, complete with a grand piano as well as a staircase to dance down!

27 April 2018

Year 10 Challenge project looks at drug development with MedImmune
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27 April 2018

Year 10 Challenge project looks at drug development with MedImmune

Dr Chris Kell, Senior Director Product Development Lead at MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, marked the launch of a nine-week project on Drug Development with a presentation to our Year 10 Challenge students.

Dr Kell talked about the process of taking a drug from the research stage through to final approval.

Talking about the three different stages of research, development and, finally,  approval, Dr Kell said: “It is quite normal for it to take several years for a therapy to be taken from the research stage and onto the market.”

He said that the process across the industry requires significant investment in terms of both time and resources, and also has no guarantee of success.

“For every new medicine that is researched and approved, there are many more that don’t make it through the rigorous scrutiny that is undertaken before a drug is approved for use. The industry average success rate is less than 10%.”

Each year the Pharmaceutical Industry spends over £50 billion researching and developing new drugs for the market.

But despite the cost and uncertainty involved, Dr Kell said it was the possibility of discovering a new medicine that could change patients’ lives as his motivation for getting out of bed every day, telling students: “When you do get it right, it is absolutely amazing.”

Answering one student’s question about the use of unapproved drugs, he said: “There are rare circumstances where drugs that are not approved can be used on a ‘named patient’ basis. Such ‘compassionate use’ would be carefully monitored and would have to be requested by the patient’s doctor when no other treatment is available. It’s not common, but it can be done.”

26 April 2018

New music room at CAST
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26 April 2018

New music room at CAST

Anyone who would like to play the piano before, or after, school please feel free to do so – as well as during lunch and break time.

Students can also bring in other musical instruments to play.

We love the thought of music filling the school corridors during break times – and who knows we could even end up with our very own CAST band…

One recent (exciting!) event was the arrival of a piano tuner. It now means we have a fully-tuned Elysian in our new music room, based in one of the rooms off of The Strand.

 

25 March 2018

Open day at CAST on final day of Cambridge Science Festival hailed a huge success
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25 March 2018

Open day at CAST on final day of Cambridge Science Festival hailed a huge success

Organisers behind the Cambridge Science Festival have hailed the open day at CAST on the final day of the festival a huge success – with more visitors than ever before.

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology opened its doors at the weekend for a day of fun-filled, family-friendly activities and talks. The College was one of the main hosts for the final day of the two-week Science Festival, along with its neighbours, Cancer Research UK, MRC-LMB and Biomakespace.

Dr Lucinda Spokes, from the University of Cambridge which organises the annual Science Festival, hailed Sunday’s (March 25th) event a huge success – with nearly 1,000 extra visitors stepping through our doors compared to last year.

Dr Spokes, Public Engagement and Festival Manager (Sciences), said: “We had a fantastic day at CAST on Sunday so thank you to everyone involved from the school in making the day so successful, to our researchers across the Biomedical Campus and beyond and to all the people who explored and discussed science with us.”

“What was great this year was the concentration of activity in CAST and the fabulous Festival buzz that resulted.”

“Compared to last year’s event it was much bigger. We had close to 2,500 people taking part in hands-on activities, with around 1,000 people coming to talks, exhibits and tours across CAST, Cancer Research UK and Biomakespace which is wonderful. This compared to about 1,500 people taking part in hands-on activities at CAST last year.”

She said some of the highlights of the day included orthopaedic, heart and transplant surgery with the teddy bear hospital and jelly brain dissection all featuring this year. Some of the talks included genomes, senses and how our environment affects our health.

 

Ready to demonstrate knee surgery, with a camera, is Addenbrooke’s knee surgeon and University Lecturer Stephen MCDonnell.

Cardiac Scientist Natasha Bloodworth from Royal Papworth Hospital with nine-year-old Yousef demonstrating the Kardia app to record a single lead ECG, showing electrical activity of the heart.

Dr Spokes said: “We hope that the Festival has something for everyone each year. This year we’ve had events for all ages – toddlers at the Museums and science comedy for adult audiences – as well as exhibitions, talks and hands-on activities for everyone.”

Planning for next year’s Cambridge Science Festival will start straight after Easter, with Dr Spokes adding: “We hope to keep growing the Festival, popping up in unusual venues and would love to hear from people with ideas for interesting topics and places around the City.”

She added: “The Festival is organised by a very small group of people and we couldn’t run such an incredible event without the support of over 1,000 researchers, staff, volunteers and students. We would like to thank everyone for their amazing contribution to making the Festival such a success.

“We’d like to send a particular thank you to everyone at CAST for letting us bring the Science Festival to your fabulous school.”

Headteacher Sian Foreman said: “Staff and students had a fantastic day and we were delighted to be able to host such an exciting event.”

Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, who organised Sunday’s event at CAST, said: “Our students are part of Cambridge’s scientific community, it is really exciting for them to work alongside colleagues from across the wider science landscape and share their passion and knowledge of science with others.”

If anyone has areas of interest, or suggestions, for next year’s Festival, they can contact Cambridge Science Festival via email at: csf@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

*Dr Henderson photo courtesy of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Comments from the day at CAST included:

“Jam packed venue at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology! Loads of things to do and try, thank you.”

“Everyone was friendly and helpful – and super keen to explain things. We really enjoyed the keyhole surgery demos and the ambulance too.”

23 March 2018

Year 12’s working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT)
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23 March 2018

Year 12’s working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT)

Could you build a working roller coaster from just sellotape and card?

That was the challenge awaiting our Year 12s at the start of a 12-week project, working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

Set by EDT as a team-building exercise, students were given coloured card, sellotape and scissors and asked to build a roller coaster the height of an A4 size piece of paper.

Once construction had finished, each roller coaster had to sustain (survive!) a marble being rolled along it – with the winning design being the roller coaster with the longest duration ride.

However, not wanting to make it too easy… Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper then asked each team to provide a physics equation to prove the roller coaster was safe.

The EDT’s Chris Williams, Programme Delivery Manager, and Gennie Dearman, Chief Operating Officer, oversaw the Roller Coaster Challenge ahead of the 12-week project where students will be working with Cambridge Intelligence and the Key Lines software product to look at, and interrogate, data for different purposes.

Below are photos of some of the YR 12’s roller coaster designs.

What’s striking about them is how different they all are, from length and loops to ingenuity!

21 March 2018

Water Management Project
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21 March 2018

Water Management Project

After all the icy winds, snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ from the past couple of weeks, we wanted to leave you with nothing but blue skies – with a view from our rooftop.

Staff and students went up on the roof just before 11am the other morning to take a look at our weather station as part of a project with Anglian Water and Cambridge Water looking at weather patterns and how they help us understand more about water management.

We don’t have a Carol Kirkwood here at Cast but if we did she would have said it was 10 degrees, with beautiful blue skies.

16 March 2018

Lessons on Finance Delivered as Part of a Big Question Day
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16 March 2018

Lessons on Finance Delivered as Part of a Big Question Day

Am I ready to live independently? – lessons on finance delivered as part of a Big Question Day

Leaving home for the first time can be daunting.

You have to find a job, somewhere to live, and on top of everything else learn to manage a budget for the first time.

So to help our Year 13s prepare for the future, we laid on a day of events designed to teach them how to handle their finances – everything from managing a budget to understanding contracts, making good investments and more.

For the exercise below, students were given EITHER paper or resources such as rulers, pens and scissors and had to barter and trade until they had enough resources to draw some shapes which could then be traded for money with the banker – aka one of our teachers, Ruth.

The day’s activities were organised by Barbara Kettel from the Cambridge City Foodbank.

16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March
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16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March

COME AND JOIN US FOR A DAY OF HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY CELEBRATING THE CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL – Sunday 25th March

If you love Science, this day is for you!

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is opening its doors for an exciting day of hands-on activities and talks to mark the end of the Cambridge Science Festival on Sunday 25th March.

Doors open 11am-3pm with thousands of visitors expected at the site in Robinson Way throughout the day.

Activities and talks include everything from ‘High-Tech Gizmos and Apps for a Healthy Brain’ to ‘Pains and Brains’ and ‘I’m a Superhero!’

To find out more about the activities taking place, please go to the events listing page of the Cambridge Science Festival Website at: https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events and click on the calendar to bring up all the events throughout the day.

No need to book, just show up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you!

Science at 6 Speakers – Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March

We are also hosting some top names in Science for our Science at 6 Speakers event in our Lecture Theatre throughout next week, including last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, Dr Richard Henderson.

See below for list of events. To book please visit the Cambridge Science Festival website.

Science at 6 (public lectures at the college)

Monday 19th March  The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law – Dr Kourosh Saeb Parsy (Dept. Surgery, University of Cambridge)*

*Image copyright: Phalinn Ooi

Tuesday 20th March Revealing the wonders of the molecular world – Dr Richard Henderson (Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology)*

Wednesday 21st March What’s the point of pain? – Prof. Geoff Wood (Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, University of Cambridge)*
 
Thursday 22nd March Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe – Mr Pedro Catarino (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)*
 
Friday 23rd March Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond – Prof. Ian Goodfellow (Public Health England) and Ian Harvey*

15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute
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15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute

BBC Newsround has featured some of our students in a tribute to Cambridge scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking.

In the interviews, the students – Ellie-Anne, Meriel, Ethan, Jacob and Max – spoke about how Professor Hawking inspired them to pursue science and how they will remember him.

The BBC clip, featuring our students as part of an overall piece on Professor Hawking, can be found here: 

A video montage of just our students comments can be found in the video below:-

13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival
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13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival

We will be welcoming last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Dr Henderson, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, is one of three scientists to have been awarded the Prize last year and one of five high-profile speakers booked for the public Science at 6 Lectures to run throughout next week, beginning Monday 19th March.

Booked to speak at CAST on Tuesday 20th March, Dr Henderson’s lecture is titled: “Revealing the wonders of the molecular world” and will take place in the school’s Lecture Theatre in Robinson Way, Cambridge.

Dr Henderson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work developing a new method to produce images of biological molecules frozen in time. The three Nobel Prize winners developed a technique called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), which allows the machinery of life to be visualised frozen in their natural form.

The process makes it possible for life’s molecular machines to be captured mid-movement and allows scientists to visualise processes that have never before been seen.

Speaking ahead of the event, CAST’s Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield said: “Our students are used to working with some of the area’s top scientists through their college work and our innovative curriculum, it is great to be able to share the  excitement in what we do with a wider public audience.”

“The event is a great way for our students to see they are an important part of the Cambridge Science community and not just students in a school.”

Topics for the other four Science at 6 Lectures are: The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law; What’s the point of pain?; Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe; and Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond.

As well as the lectures, CAST will host the main events on the final day of the Festival, Sunday 25th March, when over 40 external organisations will come into the school to run interactive activities throughout the day.

Around 3,000 visitors are expected to visit the school during the day, which runs from 11am to 3pm.

Activities include: Cells in the spotlight; From bench to bedside: How are therapeutic drugs developed?; High-tech gizmos and apps for a healthy brain; Movement matter: Bones & joints, repair, regeneration and replacement; Neural networks at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus; Sensational fluorescent fruit flies as well as Your Immune Army: How do cells communicate and sense?

In addition to events at CAST, there are many more going on across Cambridge between 12th and 25th March. Please go to the Festival Website at: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk for details of all events.

*Photos thanks to MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

9 March 2018

Industrial Cadet Awards – School of the Year Finalists
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9 March 2018

Industrial Cadet Awards – School of the Year Finalists

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology has become the only school in the UK to have gone through to the finals of a national awards scheme for the second year running, in recognition of its success preparing students for the world of work.

Named School of the Year finalist in the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) Industrial Cadet Awards, staff and students from the Academy attended the Awards Ceremony in London on Wednesday March 7 where they were presented with their certificate by Prince Charles.

The Awards are a national industry-led accreditation designed to enhance workplace experiences for young people, with 95% of all Cadets agreeing that they have improved skills as a direct result of their Industrial Cadets experience.

Providing a flexible framework for all sizes of employers to enable them to run accredited workplace experiences, Industrial Cadets ensures that young people can develop the skills they need during these programmes, giving them a valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award at the end.

The Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology signed up for the accreditation three years ago because it believes the aims of the award reflect those of the college. As a University Technical College, for pupils aged 14-19 specialising in STEM subjects, the school allows its students to undertake project-based learning at least one day a week to give them practical skills to use alongside academic achievement.

CAST has incorporated Industrial Cadet Awards into both its GCSE and Sixth Form Curriculum – so that this year all Year 10 students will complete Silver level awards and all Year 12 students will complete Gold.

The Awards this week were to mark each school’s work to embed the ethos of workplace learning into their curriculum. One of the projects associated with the Awards included CAST students developing wearable technology to help them monitor pollution levels.

Speaking after the Awards, Assistant Headteacher at CAST, Dr Alistair Easterfield, said: “The need for practical and employability skills alongside academic performance in producing successful STEM graduates is integral to our college ethos. We have found the Industrial Cadets framework helpful in allowing us to reflect on our current practice and address skills gaps.”

“The award has also been extremely helpful in providing external validation of the students’ learning and provided them with a real sense of achievement in completing projects well.”

A representative from Arm, one of CAST’s main sponsors, was also awarded a certificate at the ceremony. Simon Humphrey, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Arm, won the Change Maker of the Year Award in recognition for his work both locally and nationally in support of Industrial Cadets and EDT.

Pictured at the Awards on stage with Prince Charles is CAST Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield (3rd from right) and Computer Science Lead, Barry Cooper (4th from right). CAST Year 13 students who attended and spent time talking to Prince Charles were Sophie, Alexandra and Nanyo.

28 February 2018

The ‘Beast From The East’ visits CAST
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28 February 2018

The ‘Beast From The East’ visits CAST

Last week’s snow couldn’t have been more poignant – arriving on a day our students were being visited by the YMCA Trinity Group to show them how to build shelters for the homeless.

With heavy flakes of snow falling, the decision was taken to move the students inside – but the Beast from the East was definitely food for thought.

Students were given a quiz to complete during the YMCA’s visit as well as two challenges – the first to develop something like a song that they could busk with; the second to build some shelter from cardboard boxes, suitable to sleep in for the night.

Latest statistics reveal homelessness went up by a staggering 60% last year.

To view our videos from the day, log onto our social media pages at:

https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeAST/

https://twitter.com/CAM_AST/

23 February 2018

Big Issue Founder Calls for Scientific Approach to Homelessness
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23 February 2018

Big Issue Founder Calls for Scientific Approach to Homelessness

John Bird, one of the founders of the Big Issue magazine, has praised our work calling for a ‘more scientific approach’ to homelessness.

Visiting the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology for one of the school’s Big Question Days, which encourage students to look at important social and moral issues in the world, Lord Bird – who became a Life Peer and entered the House of Lords in 2015 – told students:

“You are in a brilliant place. I know Lord Baker and I love what he has done in creating these (University Technical Colleges) kind of schools and colleges.”

Talking specifically about addressing problems of poverty and homelessness, Lord Bird said: “He’s right there. We need scientists and for people to be more scientific. We also need to sell the idea of scientific analysis in making decisions in Governments and in other departments. We need some Science in education if we are failing 37 per cent of our children in school who then become 80% of the prison population who clog up our A&E departments because they are depressed because no one has ever invested in their future.”

During Thursday’s (Feb 22nd) visit, Lord Bird talked about why he and Gordon Roddick set up the Big Issue Magazine back in 1991, allowing for the first time ever, homeless people a way of making a living.

Speaking in the college’s Lecture Theatre, Lord Bird also talked about his own experiences of homelessness; being born into a London slum with parents that drunk and didn’t pay the bills and a dad who was violent.

Asked what it was that got him through the hard times and led him to his success, he replied: “I never gave up on me. It doesn’t really matter what comes your way, you really have to stick in there with yourself because if you do, you get out of it.”

After his talk, Lord Bird described what it was like to grow up in a slum in Notting Hill.

“What is so interesting is when you are in it, it feels very, very natural. We lived in a house with about eight other families. It was a house built in the Victorian Period for posh people but the posh didn’t arrive so they stuffed it full of poor people.

“We had this large room. There was no bathroom, no toilet. You shared a toilet on the floor above with about 15 or 20 other people. It was cold, the windows rattled, there was no heating. There was a fireplace but coal was expensive. The streets were strewn with rubbish and dirt and muck and old baked bean cans and broken bits of this and that, cars and stuff like that. It was a real terrible, terrible place to be born into but I felt like it was home and I absolutely loved it and when we moved out of the slum when i was seven and moved into a Catholic Orphanage where everything was clean and you had a bed and you had underwear – I mean underwear was unbelievable – and sheets and blankets.. We didn’t have blankets, we just had old coats piled on top of us, I hated it. I hated all the regular meals, I wanted to be back in the dirty, grim, black, rat-infested, dog poo place I came from.”

Lord Bird, who now lives in Cambridgeshire, said a lot of that desire to return to where he grew up was because of the sense of community that existed within the slum.

“Everybody was in it together, it was just incredible. We were brought up by the streets so my mum would pop out, sometimes she would go to the pub or go to a shop or whatever, and the old ladies above us, below us, next to us would look after us, the men would look after us. I think that was the making of me because it was poverty but it wasn’t poverty of spirit, it was people really trying to pull together and making the most of it.

“We couldn’t quite get out of poverty though, largely because my parents were not very good at looking after money so we didn’t pay the rent so I was homeless at five, six, seven and they weren’t very good at making a pound go a long way, or ten shillings, and they used to drink and smoke and waste their money, to me it looked like wasting it. I’d rather have had a leg of beef but they’d rather have had a crate of Guinness, but that’s what poverty does to you.”

He went on to describe homelessness as ‘deeply humiliating’ and said it was important that every homeless person is given the chance to help themselves.

Lord Bird also stressed the importance of never giving up.

You have to start from where you are, wherever you are. If you are really up against things then you have to start doing very, very small things to change. I remember when I was deeply depressed on one occasion because my wife had left me with my baby, the social security was after me, everybody was after me, I had had a relationship with somebody that had gone wrong and I had really wound myself down through drink and drugs, and I remember laying in somebody’s bed – they were away for three weeks – and I thought I am going to lay here for three weeks and do nothing.

“Then one day I got up and used her toothbrush, washed, and I went out and got a job as a washer-up. It was the worst job in the kitchens in a hotel but it kind of changed. I just did little things, washed up, had a shave, cleaned myself up and went out and got myself a really poor quality job but at least I was out in the world, I wasn’t laying on that mattress.

“It’s like someone I know who suffered a bereavement said ‘what can I do?’ and I said just go and help someone else, forget about yourself, do something for somebody else, volunteer, and you’ll find that it will change your life.”

 

21 February 2018

Exploring Mental Health
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21 February 2018

Exploring Mental Health

A team of mental health experts visited us for one of our Year 12 Big Question Days.

Comparing a puppy to our attention span, Dr Dunning, from MRC’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, used the analogy to explain how all of us will experience around 1,000 intrusive thoughts a day – but in order for us to retain good mental health it was important to bring our minds, and our attention span, back to the here and now.

Dr Dunning visited us as part of a team of experts from MRC and the University Department of Psychiatry spending a day with students talking about issues around mental health and how to build resilience.

“Depression is typically about brooding about the past but if you can bring your focus back to the now from the future or the past it is good for mental health,” Dr Dunning said.

 

17 February 2018

Ski Trip
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17 February 2018

Ski Trip

During February half-term 4 students from CAST and 3 from Parkside 6th travelled with Alistair, Jenny and Colin to Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in Austria for 6 days of skiing. The skiing was a great success! Evening events included swimming, snow-tubing and tobogganing on rails. The plans for a trip in February 2019 are starting to come together so look out for the information if you’d like to be involved next year.

 

 

9 February 2018

Assembly on the Democratic Process
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9 February 2018

Assembly on the Democratic Process

Completing our run of special assemblies teaching students all about the British Democrat Process, Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill spoke about how politics was an important lesson in  resilience.

Other prominent speakers for our political assemblies were Life Peer, Baroness Janet Cohen and Labour politician Anne Campbell; MP Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge since 2015 and Ms Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, who visited us on the 100th anniversary of the month and year (Feb 1918) of the introduction of women’s right to vote.

2 February 2018

Field Trip to Hobson’s Conduit
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2 February 2018

Field Trip to Hobson’s Conduit

Year 11s spent a morning at Hobson’s Conduit this week as part of a study on the environmental impact of the new Addenbrooke’s Railway Station.

Students are working on the Challenge project with Mott MacDonald and amongst their tasks was measuring the water flow.

The Nature Reserve and watercourse was built over four years, from 1610 to 1614, to bring fresh water into the City.

2 February 2018

Busy Day in the Labs
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2 February 2018

Busy Day in the Labs

For the first time ever our Challenge Lab on the top floor has all its fume hoods in use simultaneously as Year 13s were busy on their Challenge Projects.

For the first project, half the year groups were set to work manufacturing paracetamol as part of a project with MundiPharma. Subsequently, they will be applying augmented reality to present their finding.

In the second project, students have been isolating bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) from the River Cam.

Working with scientists from the Universities Department of Biochemistry, they extracted phage DNA, which will now be sequenced. Whilst this is happening the students will be learning some cell biology with scientists from Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Research Institute.

 

2 February 2018

Raising Political Awareness
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2 February 2018

Raising Political Awareness

Today’s visit from MP Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, marked a special anniversary in the world of politics.

Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the month and year (Feb 1918) of the introduction of the women’s right to vote, Ms Allen spoke to students about what made her go into politics; what it is like to be an MP with a constituency outside of London and what her working week looks like; her role within her Constituency as well as how she gets involved in debates and the different types of votes there are.

“We have made huge progress but I think it is not just in politics but any senior roles in industry, we are still not there and there is more to do.”

 

Ms Allen’s visit followed that of MP Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge since 2015.

During his visit to the college, Mr Zeichner urged students to stand up and make a difference – by getting involved in politics.

“There are choices and it is through politics we get things done. When you get a vote, make sure you use it and use it for the better.”

1 February 2018

Students Hold Own Brexit Ballot
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1 February 2018

Students Hold Own Brexit Ballot

The EU Referendum was repeated at CAST on Thursday 1st February when the whole of Year 10 took part in a debate on the issue of BREXIT as part of their Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education.

The result, incredibly, was very much in line with the Cambridge vote in the Referendum itself.

26 January 2018

Cambridge Labour MP urges students to get involved in politics to ‘make a change.’
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26 January 2018

Cambridge Labour MP urges students to get involved in politics to ‘make a change.’

Labour MP Daniel Zeichner urged our students to get involved with politics to ‘make a change.’

Addressing our students as part of an ongoing series of assemblies designed to educate our students on British Politics, Mr Zeichner said: “There are choices and it is through politics we get things changed. Things can change, things can improve. That’s the key message I would like to deliver.”

Mr Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge since 2015, used the example of working within a constituency as being able to make a difference to people’s lives and said: “It is fantastic that we have direct representation so that if people have issues and concerns they can speak directly to their Member of Parliament.”

Although the vast majority of our students are still too young to vote, he told them: “When you get a vote, make sure you use it and use it for the better.”

Speaking after Friday’s assembly, Mr Zeichner said: “From what I see, yes a lot of young people do get involved in politics. They feel very passionately and strongly about things.”

“I am not sure they all feel voting is how we change things but it is my job to persuade them.”

“I am particularly impressed with the school’s work with the Biomedical Campus and I think once people come and see the school they will see how fantastic it is.”

Mr Zeichner’s assembly followed earlier visits by a Life Peer, Baroness Janet Cohen, and Labour politician Anne Campbell. Future visits include one from Tory MP Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, and a representative of the Liberal Democrats.

19 January 2018

Baroness Janet Cohen Visits CAST to Talk Politics
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19 January 2018

Baroness Janet Cohen Visits CAST to Talk Politics

Labour Life Peer, Baroness Janet Cohen, has spoken at the college as part of an ongoing focus introducing our students to British Politics.

Addressing students in the Lecture Theatre, Baroness Cohen talked to pupils about the role of the House of the Lords; where it sits within the democratic procedure; as well as some of her accomplishments within the political arena.

She said the average age of 69 meant every member of the House of Lords has a ‘vast life experience’ which makes them perfect for the role of breaking down and analysing new legislation.

Whilst the House of Commons always has the final say when it comes to passing Laws, Baroness Cohen added that ‘most of the heavy lifting’ happens in the House of Lords.

Addressing Brexit, Baroness Cohen told students the thought of redoing all of the original trade agreements with Europe filled her with ‘absolute horror.’

As one of the few remaining civil servants involved in the original negotiations to join the European Union in 1973, she said she was aware of how long the process would take and told students that the House of Lords’ entire focus for much of the next two years would be Brexit.

Headteacher Sian Foreman said: “We were delighted that Baroness Cohen visited us today and addressed the whole college.

“Our assemblies are a fundamental part of the Personal Development Programme that every student experiences at the college. They link to tutorial work on current affairs, news and ‘Big Question Days’. The focus this term on British Values and the UK political system is essential learning for young people.

“We are determined to bring the real world into our academy and hear from experts in their field. Baroness Janet Cohen is just such an expert.”

Friday’s (19th) assembly was one of several designed to introduce our students to British Parliamentary Democracy.

Labour MP Anne Campbell, MP for Cambridge from 1992 to 2005, has also addressed students.

Future visits later this term include a talk from Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who resigned as Shadow Transport Minister over his position on Europe, and Heidi Allen, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire.

18 January 2018

Mouse in the House Project
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18 January 2018

Mouse in the House Project

Congratulations to Meriel, Ethan and Kirill in Year 10 for coming first, second and third respectively in the Mouse House Challenge Project.

The students designed cage enrichment for an animal cage / tank as part of a national competition run by Datesand. To achieve this, the students learnt about legislative, practical and welfare constraints.

In addition to designing the item, students also had to produce marketing materials and pitch their idea to a Dragons’ Den of industry experts in front of the entire year group – which was no mean feat!

The experts were very impressed by the quality of all the designs and believe all stand a good chance of manufacture. The Winner – Meriel – was presented with an iPad from Datesand.

Ryan Hill, National Account Executive with Datesand, who will potentially produce the winning products, said:

“Meri took into consideration a wider aspect of a rodent’s natural behaviour. The product was simple yet ingenious. Meri’s idea was the only disposable enrichment item presented on the day. As a business we have found disposable enrichment particularly difficult in regards to coming up with fresh ideas. For such a young person with little background knowledge in the industry to come up with a design that combines shelter, nesting material and encourages the rodent’s natural behaviour is remarkable.”

17 January 2018

Rolls Royce UTC Visit
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17 January 2018

Rolls Royce UTC Visit

Whilst some of our students were visiting the Babraham Institute, another group visited Rolls Royce UTC to learn about metallurgy.

Part of the Microscopy Challenge project, students visited Rolls Royce UTC, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge to see how they used Scanning electron Microscopes to test and analyse materials. The students had a great experience – with talks about materials, a tour of the labs and an activity to work out what materials should be used for different objects.

Teacher Ruth McKenzie said: “A huge thanks to all the scientists (Lewis, Stella, Alison, James, Enrique) who made it such a good visit and Oliver (Zeiss) for organising it.”

17 January 2018

Visit to Babraham Institute
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17 January 2018

Visit to Babraham Institute

Wednesday saw our Challenge Students visit the Babraham Institute where they carried out a Health and Safety inspection in the labs.

8 January 2018

Challenge – Scientific Poster Design
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8 January 2018

Challenge – Scientific Poster Design

The Year 13’s most recent Challenge project was to design a Scientific Poster.

Subjects included ‘How caffeine in energy drinks affects BPM and blood pressure’ with the winning poster looking at the correlation between the circumference of an individual’s upper arm and the total force they can apply to a force plate.

The winning team, pictured above, from left to right, are Jacob, Toby, Edward and Nanyo.

Certificates and goodie bags were presented by Georgina Norris, from the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, and Karen Hlaba from Cambridge Clinical Informatics who worked with students over a 7-8 week period.

1 January 2018

Year 12 Work Experience a Success
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1 January 2018

Year 12 Work Experience a Success

All of our year 12 students completed a weeks work experience before the Christmas break.  The feedback has been incredibly positive both from students and employers.  The work experience programme really does help prepare students for their future career paths.  Here are a couple of quotes from the employers.

“ Thomas showed incredible maturity and composure and played a very active role within the team.” – Espai Ltd.,

“Normally when we advertise for internships they’re aimed at university students, however it’s not completely unheard of for us to take on naturally gifted programmers before they start university (if university is their plan for the future). I’ve encouraged him to apply” – Redgate.

19 December 2017

Senior Maths Challenge
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19 December 2017

Senior Maths Challenge

We can’t let 2017 go without mentioning our fantastic group of maths supremos – who were in the impressive top 10% of students in a national competition against 82,000 pupils across the UK. The competition was the Senior Maths Challenge from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, and Luke and Aaron are going through to the next round.

14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report
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14 December 2017

TV Crew Visit for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report

A TV crew spent two hours filming at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology after we were highlighted in Ofsted’s Annual Report as an example of a school that had successfully turned itself around.

The final piece, broadcast on BBC Look East (West), featured headteacher Sian Foreman and several pupils, as part of a feature looking at schools within the East of England Region.

Ofsted’s report, released yesterday (Wed 13 December), looked at education across the whole of England – and revealed that the majority of schools in the East of England, which includes Cambridgeshire, are performing above the national average.

By the end of August 2017, a total of 90% of schools in the region were judged either good or outstanding at their most recent inspection, compared with 89% nationally (a 2% improvement on the previous year).

For secondary schools, 87% of those in the East of England were judged to be good or outstanding – well above the national level of 79 for England and, again, an improvement from 2016.

Specific areas Ofsted inspectors chose to praise us for at the time of their inspection in May 2017 included strong leadership – with headteacher Sian Foreman and her Senior Leadership Team praised for their ‘calmness and passion.’

Also praised was the ‘excellent behaviour of students in lessons and around the college’ creating an environment ‘in which it is a joy to teach and study.’ The report also added that students took ‘real pride in the UTC and are enthusiastic ambassadors for its values.’

Whilst here, BBC Broadcast Journalist Emma Baugh interviewed headteacher Sian Foreman; filmed robotics with Year 10 students led by Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper; spoke to several of our students and filmed a Challenge project in our lab with Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, in charge of Challenge and Careers.

Speaking after filming had finished, Ms Foreman said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the schools in the East of England Region which has been identified for its good practice within Ofsted’s Annual Report.

“Our success has been attributed to the senior leadership team and their systematic and organised approach. As headteacher I am very proud to be leading such an exciting and inspiring school as it continues on its journey towards becoming a regional centre for excellence in the Sciences.”

BBC Journalist interviews Barry Cooper about closing the STEM skills gap:

Toby Fellows, Year 13 student, discussing life at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology:

6 December 2017

Microscopy Challenge Trip
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6 December 2017

Microscopy Challenge Trip

Year 12 Microscopy Challenge group continued their project looking at Microscopes by visiting the Gurdon Institute and Carl Zeiss Factory. The students had a fantastic experience seeing different types of microscopes in action (and even having a go at working with the microscopes). Also seeing the production line manufacturing the Electron Microscopes at Zeiss Factory. The students had a great time and we thank all the scientists and employees of Zeiss who made us very welcome and gave so much of their time to us.

17 November 2017

MRC Unit Visit
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17 November 2017

MRC Unit Visit

World-class scientists and psychiatrists spent a day with students at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology teaching them about mental health and wellbeing.

The team of experts from the University of Cambridge’s MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and Department of Psychiatry spent last Thursday (16th) at the Academy talking to Year 10 students about the teenage brain and how it works, what happens to the brain when it is under stress, along with ways to stay well.

Interactive workshops, designed to engage students, ran throughout the day. In one, a volunteer was asked to answer challenging maths questions whilst standing with their hand in a bowl of ice-cold water to demonstrate how stress affects a person’s ability to think clearly.

The second workshop involved students being given a super sour sweet and being asked to hold it in their mouths for as long as they could whilst Dr Melissa Black, from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, talked them through the process.

The aim of the workshop was to teach students about working through uncomfortable emotions – using the analogy  that working through something uncomfortable and coming out the other end demonstrates to young people the importance of working through difficult situations knowing that things will improve in time.

6 November 2017

Duke of York Awards
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6 November 2017

Duke of York Awards

On Monday 6 November Danielle Pacey accompanied some of last year’s Year 13 students to their Gold Duke of York Award presentation at St James Palace. All students looked very smart in their suits and ties and we were made to feel welcome by the event organisers. At 3pm the Duke of York arrived and personally presented the certificates to the students and even found the time to chat with some of our students about their destinations and the challenge lessons afterwards. We are very proud of all of our students who recieved this award and the fact that we had at least twice as many students who had achieved the Gold award than any other UTCs at the event.

29 September 2017

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology wins award for Careers Advice
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29 September 2017

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology wins award for Careers Advice

CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY ONE OF ONLY FOUR IN COUNTY TO WIN AWARD FOR CAREERS ADVICE

We are very proud to announce we have just become one of only four schools in the county to have won an award for the quality of our careers advice.

We have been awarded the Cambridgeshire CEIAG Quality Award ‘Investing in Quality’ – which recognises high standards in careers education, information, advice and guidance and is national recognition from the awarding body, Quality in Careers Standard.

We are absolutely delighted to be one of just a handful of schools in the county to have been given this award. Our staff work incredibly hard to maintain the quality of support provided to students and the award comes on the back of our last Ofsted report which described our work with students, preparing them for the world of work, as ‘exceptional’.

Careers is more than simply information on jobs. It is part of a whole raft of processes that prepare young people to be work ready – everything from preparing CVs to mock interviews and working with employers for extended periods of time.

Assistant head Alistair Easterfield runs the Academy’s Challenge Projects working with partner employers as well as careers guidance and employer engagement and says “It is a prestigious award for the Academy to be given and validates the high-quality support we provide to our students.”

The award is a national award, given to Secondary and Post-16 educational establishments.

Janet Harris, CEIAG Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “ Young people and adults need to be competent career managers with the skills and knowledge to design their own career paths.  The rigorous standards of the award will give confidence to parents, carers and students that they are being supported at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology to make the right decisions as they move through their educational journey and into employment.”

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is a University Technical College that specialises in Science and Technology for pupils from year 10 through to sixth form and offers courses in BTEC, GCSEs and A levels. As of September 2018, the Academy will also be taking students from year 9.

We will be holding several open days and evenings throughout October, on the 7th, 18th, and 30th. To find out more please go to:http://www.cast.education or call (01223) 724312.

20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate
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20 September 2017

Three years on and three good reasons to celebrate

Yesterday evening we were proud and pleased to celebrate the many successes of the college and our students and also the launch of our new name Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We were honoured and delighted to welcome Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust who congratulated all involved.

Please read our press release:

Today Cambridge’s University Technical College celebrated not only its third birthday and the many and varied student successes to date, but also the fact that the academy has joined Parkside Federation Academies from 1st September, and the launch of a new name and logo. This represents all that the flourishing academy has come to symbolise and strive for.

This is a place of learning to be proud of …” commented Jon Green, Chair of the Board of Governors as he thanked staff, Baker Dearing’s UTC movement and Parkside Federation Academies for their support “enabling us to achieve our ambitions and outcomes for our students, their hard work has been rewarded with a grading of “good” from Ofsted, an outstanding achievement.”

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is the new name for this specialist college, “We wanted a name that explained exactly what we do here, working with the inspiring science community of Cambridge. The culture of our Academy and the specialist nature of our Science and Technology curriculum combine to ensure that our students enjoy their studies at the heart of an innovative, exciting and ground-breaking environment”.  said Sian Foreman, Headteacher.

Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust said in relation to the academy’s recent Ofsted grading “Staff and students at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, which is still part of the UTC movement, have had a busy year with much to celebrate. Since Sian Foreman was appointed as Head teacher positive steps have been taken to improve the school. Their exam results have seen much improvement and Ofsted have recognised their hard work. My congratulations go to all those involved. You are part of the UTC movement, a bigger group – keep contact with them. I wish you absolute, excellent success.”

One of the key differences at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, along with all UTCs, is the commitment to modernising education by working in collaboration with industry partners in order to develop skills that lead to employment as well as ensuring that students gain the qualifications that accredit them.  The growing army of industry partners working with the academy were well represented at the celebratory event.  It is not only biotech companies like MedImmune that are experiencing difficulty in recruiting suitably skilled staff.  “Show me an industry where the shortage of key staff is not an issue.” commented Lee Smith of ARM.  “We work in an industry where technology has a short shelf life, the rate of change is phenomenal.  We need people who relish learning, specialists who can adapt and take a long term view. Educationalists need to recognise this and start to change the way education is delivered in the UK – not everyone is suited to our default academic trajectory and the unquestioning inertia in education is not supporting STEM employers.  Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is dedicated to giving to students exactly the kind of opportunity that works.  The most powerful reason for doing anything at all is that it is the right thing to do – that is why ARM is proud to support the academy and the effective style of STEM education that it represents.”

Anne Campbell, Chair of the PFA MAT “We at PFA are delighted to welcome Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology into the MAT and we value the specialism that this brings. The academy continues to be extremely proud to be a UTC, part of a very exciting vision and one which is changing the course of British Education.  We intend to help achieve that vision.” 

Jon Green (Medimmune), Sian Foreman, Rosie, Lord Baker, Charles Parker (Baker Dearing), Anne Campbell (PFA MAT) Sian Foreman, Lord Baker, Alistair Easterfield Maisie, Annan, Lord Baker, Luke, Rosie

24 August 2017

UTC Cambridge celebrates GCSE success
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24 August 2017

UTC Cambridge celebrates GCSE success

UTC CAMBRIDGE celebrates GCSE success

Staff and students at Cambridge’s academy for science and technology are celebrating a good set of results today, with 86% with a C or above in at least one Science. 76% of students passed GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above and 63% of students secured at least 1 A or A* grade.

99% of students at the college took the three separate sciences with 72% gaining grade C or above in all three. Students were also very successful in Maths.  85% achieved grade 4 (C) or above and nearly half of all learners gained grade 6 (B+) or above. Of students taking Further Maths just under half of the grades achieved were at A  or A* and 89% were at C or above. In addition to success in the specialist areas of Science and Maths, students also did well in English, with 82% achieving a grade 4 (C) or above.

These results, coming soon after Ofsted praised the college’s innovative Maths and Science teaching, are a sustained improvement on last year.

At UTC Cambridge, the staff have high expectations of students and the exceptional “real-world” projects delivered by top biomedical and technology companies enhance and enliven their studies, developing young people with the skills, attitudes and ambition required to succeed. The Year 11 cohort have clearly taken full advantage of the innovation and challenge at UTCC and their results are testament to this.

Headteacher Sian Foreman commented “Students and Staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve impressive results in a rigorous set of subjects at a time when examinations have become more challenging. These results clearly demonstrate that UTC Cambridge in its short life is developing into a centre of excellence for Science, Technology and Maths as part of Parkside Federation Academies.”

24 August 2017

GCSE Success Stories
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24 August 2017

GCSE Success Stories

There have been numerous individual GCSE successes, here we share a few of these with you:

Luke Dolan  A*A*A*A*AAAABBB
Luke is celebrating his 11 GCSEs passes, including A* Physics and Biology, As in Chemistry and Further Maths and the new level 9 in Further Maths. Luke had to accept he had done pretty well in his exams when he saw his results included 100% in four papers!  “I have loved the environment and the people here at UTC and will now stay on to take my A Levels here.  My Biology teacher really pushed me and I’m so pleased she did.  I’m on the Student Council here and I really like how open and honest the staff are with students.”Luke intends to study Particle Physics in the long term, exploring the minutiae of atoms and their behaviour and hopes to become an expert on dark matter.
Ghazal Seidi  – A*A*A*A*A*AAAA

Ghazal was delighted with her results which included 9 A or A* grades.  She is going on to Hills Road to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy and is looking forward to that.  “I have really enjoyed my time at UTC and of course I loved the Sciences but for me English became one of my favourite subjects too.  I wasn’t predicted A grades in English when I joined UTC and so my levels 8 and 9 in English Literature and Language are really special.”

Ghazal is already thinking ahead to University and plans to apply for Oxbridge.

Jamie Darby A*A*A*A*AAAABBC
Jamie is another happy student at UTC, celebrating his 11 GCSE passes which included 7 A/A*s.  “UTC is a really different kind of school.  I feel more confident about studying and working in new environments just because of the way we are taught and the experiences you gain through challenge projects.  I did work really hard and did plenty of revision and I’m happy its paid off!” Jamie too, got 100% in four papers.Jamie hopes to be a Physicist or perhaps to study Medicine in the long-term.
Katrina Cloherty A*AAAABBCCC
With her A Grades in five subjects including the three she intends to study at A level, Chemistry, Biology and Maths, Katrina is staying on at UTC for the next two years. “I really like it here at UTC, I feel respected as an individual and it is such a friendly environment.  I’ve made a lot of good friends and many of them of them are staying on at UTC.”Katrina was delighted with her A in Biology, her favourite subject, and just as delighted (if a little surprised!) with her A in Physics.

 

 

18 August 2017

A Level Results – Students Hit Top Marks in Science
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18 August 2017

A Level Results – Students Hit Top Marks in Science

Staff and students at UTCC are delighted to be celebrating a great set of results today, with 100% of students passing their A level and BTEC courses.

Over 80% of the grades across the A level Sciences and Maths were at A*-C. In Biology, an outstanding 93% of students achieved grades A*-C and in Maths the figure was 89%. The average grade in BTEC Applied Science was Distinction.

These results, coming soon after Ofsted praised the college’s innovative Maths and Science teaching, are a sustained improvement on last year.

At UTC Cambridge, the staff have high expectations of students and the exceptional “real-world” projects delivered by top biomedical and technology companies enhance and enliven their studies, developing young people with the skills, attitudes and ambition required to succeed. The Year 13 cohort have clearly taken full advantage of the innovation and challenge at UTCC and their results are testament to this.

Headteacher Sian Foreman commented “Every student has been successful in achieving the grades they need to progress onto their chosen university places, apprenticeships and careers in Science. The staff and students have worked incredibly hard to ensure this level of success and I’m really proud of them all.  These results clearly demonstrate that UTC Cambridge in it’s short life is developing into a centre of excellence for Science, Technology and Maths as part of Parkside Federation Academies.”

 

Destinations for students at UTCC are very impressive, with currently 70% going on to university this year to study courses ranging from Medicine to Palaeontology and Internal Architecture to Zoology.

17 August 2017

A Level Success Stories
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17 August 2017

A Level Success Stories

There have been numerous individual successes, here are a few examples:

  Peter Reeve AAA* A Levels and A* EPQ

Peter came to UTC to study A levels having relocated to England from New Zealand. He joined UTC with six IGCSE passes (slightly below the normal entry requirement) and today celebrates having achieved A grade A levels in Chemistry and Physics an A * in Biology and an A* for his EPQ project which investigated how binaural beats affect cognitive ability.

Peter will now go on to study Medicine after a well-deserved year out. “I have really enjoyed the people I met here and we had a lot in common – the teachers are amazing and because it is quite a small college you form a much deeper connection with the staff and they are always happy to help. I’m really pleased with my results and so happy that I can follow the career path I want to.”

Vicki Reeve (Peter’s mum) was clearly delighted with her son’s achievements and commented that the school’s flexibility and excellent teaching staff, meant that they could see Peter’s potential and enable him to achieve to the full.

Shannon Roberts AAC A Levels and A* EPQ

Being a practical learner, Shannon was attracted to UTC Cambridge by the idea of the Challenge projects and the fantastic facilities and equipment at the college. She was delighted today to learn she had achieved AAC in her Biology, Geography and Chemistry A levels and an A* in her EPQ, which explored how equine physiotherapy techniques could be applied beneficially to human brain injury patients. 

She has now secured a place at Coventry university to study Physiotherapy.“It was my work placements at UTCC that helped me decide exactly what I wanted to do. I worked with Addenbrookes Hospital in various departments and my experience in the Physio Department really made up my mind. I then went to Highfields in Ely and realised that I wanted to work with trauma and brain injury patients in the long-term. I have loved UTCC, the facilities and teaching, and of course all the work placements and projects have been inspiring.”

Shelly-Ann Coutts. Triple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

Having studied for her AS year at another school and not quite achieving her best, Shelly-Ann decided to start again with a BTEC course in Applied Science. She is delighted to learn that this was a very wise decision resulting in Triple Distinction*.

Now Shelly-Ann plans to go on to Bournemouth University to study a Forensic Biology Degree. “I always had an interest in forensics and crime scenes and I excelled in Biology. The course at Bournemouth combines all the elements that excite me and now I can’t wait to pack! I have met the best friends I could ever ask for here and I have loved being able to work with companies on our challenge projects. A recent project with the Botanical Gardens and the Sanger Institute where we DNA barcoded an endangered species of plant resulted in data which is now in an official European bio database. I was able to include this in my personal statement when applying for Uni places and feel that my experience of real lab processes gave me a bit of an edge.”

Jonathan Howes Triple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

Jonathan plans to make a difference in the world and to work in the field of environmental disaster planning and management. His unbeatable grades have secured him a place on the Environmental Geography degree course at York University which for him is a dream come true.

“At UTC Cambridge, the teachers encouraged me to aim for top marks and helped me to stay motivated. The BTEC course is hard work and the continual assessment really helped me stay on track. I’m thrilled to be able to go to York, the trips and surveys are fantastic. The college introduced me to opportunities and encouraged me to connect with the Science Community. I’m really grateful and I’m proud of my friends and happy for them that they have all done so well.” 

Sadek AhmedTriple Distinction* in BTEC Applied Science

“Studying a BTEC instead of A levels really suited me. It allowed to me monitor and control my own destiny. Each assignment I undertook was assessed and that helped me know how I could improve and what I needed to do to achieve top grades.” He felt that nowhere locally had the same facilities and seized the opportunity to study at UTCC.

With his fabulous grades, Sadek is staying in the Cambridge area and is delighted to be going to Anglia Ruskin University to study Biomedical Sciences. Long term he plans to work in pharmacology and pharmaceuticals and the course offers him a perfect combination of Biology and Chemistry studies.

When I applied to ARU it was clear that they were looking for students who knew their stuff, but being able to say I also knew how to use the equipment and undertake research professionally obviously impressed them and will give me a head-start on the course.”

17 July 2017

Challenge Festival
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17 July 2017

Challenge Festival

Young people, parents and staff at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology gathered today with leading lights from Cambridge’s STEM community to celebrate the diversity and success of the 23 collaborative Challenge projects that have taken place in this academic year.

Please see the news article here.

19 June 2017

Daniel Zeichner Visits Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology
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19 June 2017

Daniel Zeichner Visits Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

We were recently visited by Daniel Zeichner MP to celebrate the ‘remarkable’ turnaround following our Ofsted report, published 16th June 2017. To read the full article, click here.

Please also see a news article from FE Week on our recent Ofsted report here.

Daniel Zeichner with Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology staff and students

Daniel Zeichner MP and Sian Foreman, Principal of Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

Daniel Zeichner MP and Anne Campbell, Chair of Parkside Federation MAT Board

18 May 2017

‘UTC Transformed’ says latest Ofsted Report
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18 May 2017

‘UTC Transformed’ says latest Ofsted Report

We are delighted to be able to share our most recent Ofsted report with you.
Please click here to read the report.
We are very proud of our students and their amazing commitment and enthusiasm for learning. They really showed the college at its best on the two days of the visit.
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