The Ellen Wilkinson School became a specialist college for Science and Mathematics in 2002 and successfully gained re-designation in 2006 and 2009. The 2007 Ofsted report on the science department highlighted the outstanding contribution the specialism has made to the life of the students and the local community.
Specialist status has enabled us to provide a wide range of courses and enrichment opportunities related to our specialism. Girls are able to choose to take separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) at KS4 or AQA core Science followed by Additional or Additional Applied Science. Triple Science students can also take the Level 2 BTEC in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Leadership. Other girls can sit GCSE Statistics in Year 10 and GCSE Astronomy is offered as an additional course. In the sixth form students can opt for Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science or Health and Social Care or the Level 2 Diploma in Society Health & Development. Economics and Business are popular courses and we have recently introduced a BTEC in Sport (inc Sports Science)
Our programme of enrichment activities is wide ranging and extensive. Each year girls are able to take part in a wide variety of activities such as residential weeks away (e.g. Nuclear Engineering with the Royal Navy), master classes, competitions and the opportunity to work with science researchers and engineers such as BAA, Bovis Lend Lease, The RAF and The Laboratory of the Government Chemist.
Many of our students work with universities such as Imperial College and University College London. We run visits from year 9 onwards and students are encouraged to attend holiday courses. Imperial College medical students act as mentors for girls who are interested in careers in Medicine. As a Royal Society Associate school we are able to benefit from a range of activities not available to other schools such as lectures and visits and access to the extensive range of historic documents held by the society.
A high proportion of our A level students progress onto science and maths related degree courses at London universities including Imperial, King’s College, UCL and Queen Mary as well as those further afield in cities such as Bristol, Exeter, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Chosen subjects include Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Engineering (Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical), Pharmacy, Physics, Mathematics, Accountancy, Business and Economics. STEM based careers events are run regularly, such as visits to the London NHS conference which forms part of our extensive Science week programme.
We also work closely with a number of partner schools, both Primary and Secondary, and many local organisations. Our specialist status ensures that we provide high quality support and training to schools both locally, nationally and internationally. During the last year we have hosted three international delegations looking to gain from our experience, as well as many National events. Currently we run and manage the London Triple Science Consortium supporting schools all across the South East of England. Our outreach team works with 9 primary schools on Maths and Science clubs and we organise the successful Ealing Primary Science Fair.
As part of our annual Health and Beauty Fair, the school provides a platform for local community organisations to promote healthy lifestyles. Groups include the Primary Care Trust, Ealing Safer Communities team and the Ealing Cycle Forum. We support the work of local Cubs packs by running Science, Astronomy and Ecology badges and help promote organisations such as WOLAS, the West of London Astronomical Society.
The Science and English departments at the Ellen Wilkinson School have been awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark 2010 for:
· Increasing challenge within the curriculum
· Further enthusing pupils with activities beyond the curriculum
· Developing the staff’s own specialist knowledge
· Developing subject-based links outside school