At LEH we are keen to inspire the next generation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by providing our students with a wide range of exciting opportunities.
There are numerous competitions for students of all ages to participate in, both within and across departments. These include the UK Maths Trust challenges, Biology, Physics and Chemistry British Science Olympiads, Bebras computational thinking challenge, the Schools Starpack Packaging Design Awards, and the Airgineers micro drone challenge. In addition, each department runs its own weekly clubs and subject clinics.
There are also many organised trips and opportunities within the school year to focus on particular areas. Some examples include the annual Goswell 6th form Science Lecture, Middle School activity days and outings, the Big Bang fair, and Science Week.
Students may apply for the WELL STEM 6th form scholarship. There is also the possibility of applying for funding towards the cost of attending a STEM-related summer course in UV or LVI.
The Biology Department aims to inspire girls’ wonder in and appreciation of this exciting and dynamic subject. Biology’s wide ranging applications in healthcare, the environment and technology has significant potential to dramatically change the world we live in.
Initially, we aspire to give the girls an appreciation of the molecules, structures and processes that begin to explain their experience of the living world. As girls progress through the school, we strive to create opportunities to ask big questions, problem-solve and use scientific enquiry to test hypotheses. We seek to equip our Sixth Form students with the understanding, skills and enthusiasm to be able to pursue a future in the Biological Sciences, exploring ideas and current research well beyond the A level syllabus.
Product Design aims to broaden the experience, awareness and capability of students to design, develop and build prototype products which are not only examples of 'good design' but are in themselves 'designs for good' i.e. creating products which solve real problems for real people.
Physics is one of the core STEM subjects. The number of girls choosing Physics at A level is around 20%, more than double the national average. To inspire them in and outside the classroom the school has affiliations with the Institute for Research in Schools, giving access to cutting edge research tools and data. With field trips from Thorpe Park to CERN there is never a dull moment in the department.
All matter is made of chemicals and so Chemistry is the study of everything. In this rapidly changing technological world, Chemistry explains the environmental issues of the past and the developing greener processes of the future. We teach the fundamentals of Organic Chemistry to allow the developments of new pharmaceuticals and medical treatments. Understanding some Material Science explains the reasoning behind building design. Chemistry can take you anywhere.
We live in a digital world, surrounded by technology in every area of life from socialising to transport to medicine. By studying Computer Science, students learn how algorithms are used to design and creat the computer code that controls the techology around us. Pupils learn about cybersecurity and develop an understanding of the impact digital technology has on the individual and on wider society.
Mathematics is a much loved and popular subject at LEH. Students are active learners, developing their skills of reasoning and problem solving through discussion, group work and exciting activities. Students have ample opportunities to further their interest by competing in a variety of competitions, from the UKMT challenges to the Cipher Challenges and Olympiads.