Thornton College - Leading the way in STEM

On the evening of Wednesday 5th February Thornton College hosted its annual STEM evening. Over 300 delegates attended with over 250 students from nine different schools across MK and Bucks.

The event showcased the fantastic STEM career opportunities available on our doorstep in Milton Keynes, with nineteen companies including AECOM, Network Rail, Malcolm Hollis, Unilever, Renault Sport Racing, HMGCC, PwC, Tesla and Racing Point F1 Team discussing with students their industries and varied employment and apprenticeship options.

As Higher Education continues to evolve, it is particularly appropriate that Lynette Ryals OBE, CEO of MK:U, opened the event with a presentation on the local technology sector and exciting plans for MK:U a new, ground-breaking university for Milton Keynes, with a focus on STEM subjects. Its vision is to deliver a curriculum for the digital economy, specifically addressing the employment needs of organisations in the 21st Century.

Lynette Ryals OBE said “This is really what we think is the future so it’s great to see so many companies here sharing their opportunities for STEM based careers. We looking forward to working with Thornton College and other schools in the area”.

MK is the fastest growing start up economy in the UK and Thornton is the only girls’ independent school in MK – less than 23% of women enter STEM careers worldwide.

Thornton school is proud of its commitment to give students form MK and Buckinghamshire access to events to inspire and stimulate interest in the Science and Technology sectors. Students in attendance clearly enjoyed the evening with Ben exclaiming ‘it’s a brilliant evening – I’ve only been here 20 minutes and I’ve already got two contacts for work experience’. Students also got to enjoy the Tesla ‘Meet the Model X Experience’ which was very popular!

Val Holmes, Head Teacher at Thornton College said “Thornton is delighted to be hosting another STEM event for our students and for local schools. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is for young people today to be forward thinking and to make the all- important links with industry, which can lead to a successful future”. 

Jo Scott, Enterprise and Careers Leader at Thornton College said “Our aim is to provide a platform for employers, young people and educational providers to develop invaluable partnerships. We are thrilled that students from nine local schools joined us at this year’s event to learn more about the exciting opportunities available locally in Milton Keynes.”