The Educate Awards

BCA and United Utilities ground-breaking project scoops major STEM award!

Beamont WinA pioneering partnership to make Warrington a hotbed for new engineering talent has picked up a top NW education award.

Beamont Collegiate Academy’s 16-week link-up with water company United Utilities gave 64 young teens a yearning for learning and earned a prestigious Educate Award in a ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on November 16.

The Masterclass initiative was named as Educate’s top school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project after interest in engineering among participants soared.

The project – which pitted teams against each other to solve a real-life engineering conundrum – is now being repeated with an emphasis on attracting girls into science. Around two thirds of the youngsters recruited for this year’s masterclass are female.

United Utilities social impact manager Lynn Johnson said eight teams of Year 9 and 10 pupils from Beamont, Bridgewater, Sir Thomas Boteler and Penketh high schools worked weekly with the company’s graduate engineers.

Their challenge was to devise a scheme to find and pipe water from the Cumbrian fells to a fictitious new community centre in Coniston.

“It was a great project for us as well as the students. The two winning teams spent a day with us at our sewage works in Davyhulme, Manchester, which is home to some of our most advanced engineering,” she said. “When the project finished nearly two thirds of the participants said they had much more interest in pursuing engineering as a career and it helped some of our engineering graduates in their professional development as well.”


Masterclass was the brainchild of TCAT Leaders Keiron Powell and Chris Hillidge, who approached United Utilities and Engineering lead, Jimmy Ingman, was invited to spend a week at the company’s HQ at Lingley Mere touring engineering disciplines and talking to experts.

It was put together on behalf of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) which incorporates the four participating schools and Beamont Collegiate Academy – the UK’s only STEM Assured Status high school.

Principal of BCA, Mr Andrew Moorcroft said ‘Working with a leading water supplier like United Utilities was a huge bonus. The project we generated is the first of its kind from within any multi academy trust nationwide, that set out to develop industry-led, education-inspired project-learning from across the various STEM disciplines. The award is the icing on the cake,” he said.

United Utilities’ Engineering Delivery Director Richard Ratcliff said: “It’s vital to stay connected with young people, keeping them informed about the range of science and engineering opportunities available to them. Over 45% of students said they were more interested in a STEM related career as a result of being involved. That for me is a real result.”IMG_20181119_172448

“Beamont Collegiate Academy are dedicated to STEM with inspirational projects, trips & opportunities, amazing children & clubs and awesome staff that go above & beyond. Congratulations!” – All About STEM.

“A great achievement for all involved and a brilliant collaborative effort with United Utilities.” – Beamont Collegiate Academy

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GCSE Certification Evening – Thursday, 6th December, 2018

We are delighted to invite Year 11 leavers to collect your Year 11 GCSE Certificates on Thursday, 6th December, 2018

This is an informal event that will take place between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.  Light refreshments are available and an opportunity for you to catch up with old friends and teachers.

The certificates you collect on the evening are your formal GCSE Certificates as produced by the Examinations Board and should be collected and retained by you.  You will be asked to show these certificates during future interviews by employees or colleges.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday, 6th December, 2018

Year 11 GCSE Examination results

All year 11 GCSE Examination results will be available for collection from the Academy between 09:30 to 11:00 am on Thursday, 23rd August, 2018. Pupils (candidates) should collect their own results.

We do however, recognise that it is not always possible for pupils to collect their results personally. In these instances the Year 11 pupil may elect to have their results given to another person (3rd party) . In this case the Y11 pupil should complete the appropriate sections on the letter issued to them on their leaving day, indicating who will collect the results. The 3rd party must present this slip on results day in order to collect the results. Please be advised that the 3rd party collecting the results MUST bring photographic identification with them on the day, as failure to do so will result in the centre not being able to release the results.

Armistice Project

The Fashion and Textiles Enrichment Students have worked on an Armistice project, creating garments, shoes and T-shirt designs. Students used the BCA “Fablab” printing facilities to print up their designs as well as using dye and stitching techniques to create their pieces.  The Umbrella created by Year 7and 8  students was a show stopper and caught the eye of everyone.  The project was completed this week with a mini Fashion show, and work is currently being displayed at St.Rocco’s Hospice Shop:   105-107 Longford Street, Warrington, WA2 7P  Opening Hours:  Monday–Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm.

(Joan Aspey Head Of Art)

Anita Taylor MBE from St.Rocco’s shop said “ The students are a credit to the school and I am over the moon with the display created in the shop, amazing.”


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