Roedean Academy 2019/20
The Roedean Academy for this academic year has launched.
Each week we will welcome 53 students from 4 local state schools to join with 22 Roedean students to take part in a programme of academic enrichment. We are thrilled that the Academy is growing each year, with 30 more students this year compared to last.
Every week each student will chose two modules in either STEM, Arts, Humanities or English. For the first, the students choose 2 modules from ten which take core skills in Science, Maths, Humanities, Languages, and English and push beyond the requirements for GCSE, giving a flavor of what study at A Level might be like in these subject areas; for the second component, they choose 3 enrichment modules from a choice 21. These modules cover areas which are not on examination specifications – taking these modules is just for the joy of learning about something completely new. It is about stepping right off the well-trodden track of material needed to pass examinations, indulging intellectual curiosity, and thinking deeply about unusual topics.
At the launch event, we were lucky enough to hear from Dr Suzie Imber, Roedean’s STEM Ambassador, about how wonderful it is to challenge yourself to understand something fully, to work hard to reach that understanding, and being prepared to negotiate some pitfalls along the way. She also spoke about following your passions and trying new things. She is the perfect illustration of a person doing this – as well as being a Professor of Space Physics and mountaineer, she is also learning Portuguese and having lessons on the Orchestral Harp!