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STEM Potential

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Welcome to STEM Potential at Shrewsbury School

Apply for a place on STEM Potential at Shrewsbury School via the Imperial College London website now

In 2020, Imperial College London expanded its successful STEM Potential programme to include a Shrewsbury cohort, in partnership with Shrewsbury School and Oundle School.


As part of the STEM Potential Programme, new Year 10 and Year 12 students are now being offered the chance to join other pupils from the area to experience a bespoke programme of Science and Maths which will support their GCSE and A Level studies, take them beyond the confines of their courses and one-day support pupils’ university applications.

The programme aims to widen access to university by supporting pupils with academic potential and interest in STEM careers to reach tertiary-level courses in scientific disciplines. Pupils will be supported through their KS4 and KS5 studies through subject-specific workshops, lectures and mentoring.

Examples of subject masterclasses during 2021-2:

Locust Dissection
Quantitative Chemical Investigations
Hands-on Maths Problem-Solving
Visual coding using Python
Investigating Refraction

There is the opportunity to attend around five events each year at Shrewsbury School including:  

  • Masterclasses in Science and Mathematics
  • Lectures
  • Revision Days
  • University application advice
  • Opportunities to attend STEM lectures and other events at Shrewsbury School
  • One day led by Imperial College London outreach staff
  • Space Science Day hosted by Imperial College London

In Years 10 and 11, pupils will take masterclasses in Science and Maths to enhance their range of skills and experience and to inform their choices for A-level. During workshops, pupils will interact with staff from Shrewsbury School, Oundle School (the other partner in the programme) and Imperial College London. In Years 12 and 13 the programme follows a similar format, and students can get advice on their next steps.

Being remote through 2020-21 enabled the three centres to develop collaboration practices that will continue enhancing the experience. While live classroom practical and theoretical experiences remain at the core of the STEM Potential days, virtual talks and gatherings will also be available in this course.

Additional online resources may also be offered periodically to students on the programme that promotes engagement with research activity.

To apply for STEM Potential pupils must be starting Year 10 or Year 12 from September 2023, taking GCSE or A Level examinations in summer 2025; have a keen interest in taking at least one Science and Maths A Level; and be willing to travel to Shrewsbury School for the scheduled dates of the programme (usually Saturdays).

Pupils may apply for a place on STEM Potential (Shrewsbury) via the Imperial College London website:

Applications from students are requested by Saturday 8th November. The closing date for references from teachers is Friday 15th November.

Please follow this link for a guide on how to apply and talk to your teachers about how you could take part.