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Cardinal Langley make finals in prestigious North West Educate Awards

08 December 2020

‚ÄčPupils from Cardinal Langley.

Please note: the above image was taken in 2019, before social distancing measures were introduced.

Middleton's Cardinal Langley High School has been named as a finalist in the 'Outstanding Commitment to STEM' (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award at the prestigious Educate Awards.

The news comes after the school also finished as a runner-up in the 'STEM Award' at the national Education Business Awards, which have been running for over 2 decades celebrating school achievements. 

The school, whose past pupils include comedian, actor and film star Steve Coogan and former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, has been recognised for its work on encouraging pupils into STEM learning and extra-curricular activities.

Cardinal Langley enter these finals on the back of scooping 'STEM Project of the Year Award' in the 2019 Educate Awards finals, where their work on encouraging pupils' participation in STEM activity was praised. Judges were impressed by the schools commitment to wide reaching STEM learning that is firmly embedded in the school.

Among some of their notable achievements is that they have been at the forefront of STEM innovation and made it to the national finals of the national rocket competition, 'Race to the Line', 2 years in a row. In pre-coronavirus times, 3 students from Year 7 travelled to RAF Wittering to compete against the other finalists to design and build a rocket car to travel over 60mph. They finished second in the national competition which saw over 17,000 pupils apply.

The school is so passionate about STEM learning that have integrated the theory and practical into maths, science and English lessons so all 220 students in Year 7 get exposure to STEM early in their secondary school life.

 Councillor Kieran Heakin.

'They manage to build each year on their achievements and this is testament to their passion and enthusiasm for the subject'

Councillor Kieran Heakin, cabinet member for children's services, said: "Cardinal Langley's commitment to STEM learning is so impressive. They manage to build each year on their achievements and this is testament to their passion and enthusiasm for the subject. I love hearing how they have engaged children in STEM subjects and that is empowering young people to want careers in STEM."

In June 2019 Cardinal Langley entered national competition 'Raytheon', where students are given a standard set components and have had to build a fully functioning drone to compete in a series of challenges. They succeeded in winning the Manchester regional finals, which got them to the national finals at RAF Cosford Museum.

Following their success in the 'Raytheon' more pupils have become interested in STEM activities and so they now run extracurricular classes for pupils to use 3-D design and printers to build high powered racing drone to enter the national 'Airgineers' competition.

Funding has been secured by the school to run the 'Arkwright Engineering Scholarship' for the next five years. After being introduced in February 2020 it has seen 80 Year 9 students working in groups using a variety of materials to solve several theoretical problems. One of which making their own turbine and seeing how much energy it would generate. This work has resulted in students going to Liverpool University to work with companies and STEM ambassadors.

The school is also piloting a small project in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering. This project is developing engineering materials for a greener future. This is to educate students about the choice of materials and where they have been sourced from.

Staff from Cardinal Langley collecting an award in 2019.

Please note: the above image was taken in 2019, before social distancing measures were introduced.

'Pupils continue to impress me with their achievements and I'm so proud of them. Hopefully we can bring the title back home again for a second year'

Andrew Bridson, head teacher at Cardinal Langley, said: "This is such wonderful news in what has been a very challenging year. We're really passionate about STEM learning for our pupils and recognition like this is a great reward for all the work our pupils and staff are putting in. Pupils continue to impress me with their achievements and I'm so proud of them. Hopefully we can bring the title back home again for a second year."

The awards are now in their ninth year and are the largest education awards in the North West. Winners will be announced in 2021.