Awards for Top Tyneside STEM Scholars

20th October 2017

Mike Baker Year 12 Scholar of the Year, Rebecca Cather of Excelsior Academy, receives her award from Anne Reece, chair of the Reece Foundation

More than 50 students were honoured at an awards ceremony celebrating talented young people who have overcome barriers to achieve success.

Reece Foundation is working with national social mobility charity Villiers Park Educational Trust to help students from six Tyneside schools reach their full potential and tackle the region’s skills gap.

Since launching the Tyneside STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Scholars Programme early last year, over 100 students in eight schools and colleges have taken part in a wide range of activities designed to empower students from less advantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential and access leading universities or other centres of excellence.

Callum Dyer, student from the ‘Tyneside STEM Scholar Programme’, who are part of the ‘Reece Foundation’ programme visit the ‘Centre For Life’

The End of Year Celebration marked the awarding of the Gold Standard Awards and the prestigious Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Awards.

“Being on the Scholars Programme has been an amazing experience, it has been challenging but extremely rewarding.  I have met some amazing people both scholars and mentors who have really helped shape me as an individual.  This has taught me to always take opportunities that are given to me as they may turn out to be the best thing that could happen to you”. Scholar Rebecca Cather.

Alice Fletcher, Responsive Engineering hosting Villers students on a tour at Armstrong Works

Anne Reece, Chair of Trustees, Reece Foundation said: “The Reece Foundation is delighted to be sponsoring this innovative project which is helping these talented youngsters to both enjoy and make the most of the opportunities that are open to them.

“Tyneside, and the country as a whole, is very short of technical and engineering skills and these pupils will be helping fill that gap when they complete their education. We wish them all the very best in the future.”