National STEM education charity, The Smallpeice Trust, has appointed the Head of Didcot Girls’ School, Rachael Warwick, to its Board of Trustees.
Rachael has been Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School since September 2010 and has worked with The Smallpeice Trust following a first joint venture in 2014. She will be working with the trust and sister charity organisation The Arkwright Scholarships Trust to increase engagement with schools, under-represented groups of students, and their parents.
Rachael has been a passionate advocate of increasing access to STEM subjects in schools, especially for female students. Females are currently extremely under-represented in STEM-based careers and The Smallpeice Trust is working hard to address the imbalance, by finding new ways to engage with girls throughout their secondary school and A-Level journey. In fact, there has been a year on year increase in students from Didcot Girls’ School attending the range of Smallpeice Trust courses since the first project with the school two years ago.
The appointment to the Board of Trustees comes at a time of exciting growth for The Smallpeice Trust, with a record number of students attending courses during the 2016 programme and 587 STEM days delivered throughout the year. Registrations for some courses in the 2017 programme have already reached capacity.
Rachael Warwick, Board Trustee, on her appointment: “I am very pleased to join the Board and I look forward to sharing my expertise. The Smallpeice and Arkwright Trusts provide a fantastic service for young people, allowing them to work with a wide range of experts so that they can begin to appreciate just how diverse careers in engineering can be.
“The organisation provides students with everything they need to explore a passion for engineering and making big ideas a reality. Given the national shortage of engineers, particularly female engineers, this is very important work. The Smallpeice Trust and The Arkwright Scholarships Trust are accessible, professional and great to work with – all schools should be making the most of the opportunities they provide!”
Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust, said:
“We have experienced great expansion over the past few years and are very proud of what we have achieved in the last 12 months. Rachael is a great addition to the board, and will be able to provide an invaluable headteacher’s perspective, on the work we do and how we can provide more.
“We look forward to working with Rachael and the great work to come from The Smallpeice Trust throughout 2017.”