Glebelands became a Specialist Status Science College in September 2004. The first year as a Specialist Status Science College brought with it many new experiences for the school. The launch day in November was a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work that had gone into preparing the successful bid. The many students involved both in lessons and as tour guides did a wonderful job and ensured that all our visitors had a real insight into the school and how the status would impact on lessons.
A key element of the specialism is to develop enhanced teaching and learning techniques that are then used throughout the school. A focus has been placed on increasing the application of individual learning styles and learning - to - learn methods with the aim of developing more independent and reflective learners. A virtual learning environment has been implemented through the ICT network and independent learning courses are being developed by a range of departments. The status has already contributed to making quality learning the school’s priority.
BA Crest Bronze Award October 2013
Five Year 8 and 9 pupils were presented with their Bronze STEM Crest awards at a special assembly on Friday 18thOctober 2013. The students completed a science project investigating whether temperature had an effect on the strength of a magnet. After a lot of testing and collating of data they were able to determine that temperature did indeed have an effect. They discovered that when the magnet that was cooled by dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) to a temperature of -50°C, the strongest magnetic force in their experiment was recorded. The dedicated scientists were also presented with their Science Colours for their hard work and determination in their Science Club project. The certificates and Science Colours Lapel badges were presented to the students by the Headteacher Mrs Hutchinson and a STEM Ambassador Mr Dan Bowen.