Platinum science accolade for local College

Science teaching in Cornwall has been given a major boost after a leading local college received a national award for its provision of science.

Truro and Penwith College is the first provider in Cornwall to receive the Platinum Science Mark from STEM Learning, the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The award recognises and celebrates best practice in science departments across the UK. Truro and Penwith College has received the Science Mark for showing that they are delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrate their department’s commitment to high-quality science education.

On awarding the Science Mark, Adam Little, Professional Development Leader at STEM Learning, said: “We are delighted to congratulate Truro and Penwith College on receiving the Platinum Science Mark. Being awarded Science Mark is such a prestigious achievement because the assessment process is so rigorous, ensuring the programme is a true hallmark of quality science teaching. Each school and college who receives Science Mark has demonstrated a real and ongoing commitment to excellent science education in their school. Truro and Penwith College is a great example of this.”

Truro and Penwith College teaches over 50% of Cornwall’s post 16 science provision, delivered through A Levels, vocational courses, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, dedicated Medics and STEM Academy and Access to Higher Education courses.

Lowenna Bradley, Programme Team Leader for Science at the College, was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the College’s science department on Wednesday.

She said: “We are very proud to be the first provider in Cornwall to have been awarded the Platinum Science Mark Award – the highest level achievable. This is a testament to the inspirational science team here at Truro and Penwith College who always go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our learners.”

The STEM Learning report came after various visits and highlighted the College’s focus on practical learning such as student investigations.

It continued: “Students are encouraged, supported and expected to participate fully in practical activities, developing skills and furthering their understanding of scientific concepts.”