Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

At Padgate Academy we offer a wide variety of STEM activities to our students and, along with the support of industry leading businesses, we are able to offer unique experiences and opportunities.


We offer STEM Club workshops and activities each week for all students. Please speak with Mrs Leigh if you wish to attend.

STEM Sleep Over

In conjunction with the University of Chester and Priestley College, we host an annual Year 9 sleep over.

RAF Experience

We offer female students the unique opportunity to spend the day with Royal Air Force employees, looking at career opportunities and gaining valuable experience.

Thornton Science Park

Using our unique links with the local Universities, we offer a range of workshops which take place at Thornton Science Park. Each year we also run a 'Rocket Day' event in which students are challenged to design, build and fire a rocket.

Enterprising Science

Cogent Skills often attend the Academy to provide workshops for our STEM students and we currently have 20 students participating in their careers competition.

Work Experience

We are currently working closely with industry leaders Sellafield Ltd to provide valuable work experience for students at the Academy.

Big Bang Competition

Year 9 students are representing the Academy by competing in the Big Bang competition. The Big Bang North West is a STEM celebration for school children and part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events enable young people to discover the exciting and rewarding STEM based careers available in their local area via fun, interactive activities.

Our STEM club will once again be joined by engineers from Amec Foster Wheeler who will work with students on a range of different engineering problems. In each series of after school sessions students will get hands on experience to learn how engineers work together using science, technology, engineering and maths to solve problems from around the world such as; how to keep workers safe when working in dangerous environments, protecting our buildings from the forces of nature and looking at how science is used to entertain us.

More information is available from any member of the Technology department.