Our pupils develop advanced design skills and gain an enhanced understanding of the nature of Engineering.
Throughout our curriculum, and in exciting co-curricular work, pupils find creative solutions to real engineering problems. All pupils receive an introduction to Engineering in the Fourth Form and about one in three choose to take Engineering at GCSE level. Each year, between 15 and 20 pupils go on to study Engineering in the Eighth Form (Year 12 and 13).
We have the freedom to develop our own unique approach to the teaching of Engineering. Our courses at GCSE emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of engineering and the links between engineering design, science and mathematics. They also introduce students to the complexity and multifaceted nature of engineering problem solving.
We currently make use of three Engineering qualifications at GCSE: Product Design, Systems and Control and Electronics. However, our courses are never restricted to the specification content alone.
At A level, we have developed our own unique Engineering course based on the Edexcel Extended Project (EP) at Level 3, which aims to give our students an enhanced understanding of the nature of Engineering. Our students also have the freedom to complete ambitious and demanding Engineering design projects that are frequently indistinguishable from undergraduate level work.
Exciting and challenging extra-curricular activities provide a natural extension to our curriculum. St. Paul’s School has achieved success in national and international Engineering competitions including the Schools’ Aerospace Challenge, ESA’s CANSAT competition and the Greenpower F24 and F24+ competition. Our pupils and staff routinely use the latest Engineering design and rapid prototyping tools, and are passionate enthusiasts of Robotics, 3D printer building, and a new push into the Internet of Things. Pupils are regularly awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships in Engineering.