Fostering a passion for engineering and science

Published on: 26 Aug 2016

IKB Academy, a small secondary school specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, opened in September 2015.
A unique feature is its links with employers; younger students do a day's work experience every fortnight and sixth-formers a day a week. The academy is fostering strong relationships with   workplaces including Buro Happold, Kier, Arup, Hartwell Jaguar, Atkins and the Ministry of Defence.
Named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the academy is housed in a £3.4 million building that would impress even the great engineer himself, with state-of-the-art facilities.
It is situated alongside Wellsway School, which means its students have access to courses and after-school activities there as well as benefiting from the small classes and personal coaching at IKB.
Principal Debbie Gibbs says: “IKB is not an easy option. It is challenging and we set high target grades, but students who have a passion for STEM subjects and are willing to put in the effort will have a rich and valuable experience.”
Students can join IKB at Year 10 or Year 12. Transport can be arranged from surrounding areas.
IKB is part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and will grow to a maximum of 300 students.

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