Women in Science

Well done to Fiona (UV) who took part in a film last summer aimed at promoting science as a career for girls and women. Fiona said, ‘The film is for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme, which seeks to recognise women researchers overcoming today’s global challenges and promote diversity and inclusion in science. The film delves into the experiences of women working in science and sheds light on potential challenges that can cause some young girls interested in science to step away from STEM as they grow older. I believe the film serves as an inspiration for girls to pursue science and it aligns with our school’s mission to empower young women to make a positive difference in the world.’

At Wycombe Abbey, all science subjects are popular with the girls. Director of Science and STEM, Sue Buxton said, ‘When girls arrive at Wycombe Abbey, they are invariably full of enthusiasm and curiosity about scientific experimentation and discovery. Our aim is to nurture and capitalise on their inquisitive nature, building knowledge and understanding of science alongside the development of practical and thinking skills and personal qualities such as collaboration, resilience, imagination and creativity. Studying physics, chemistry and biology separately, led by specialist teachers, provides a firm science grounding, which girls learn to apply in the many STEM activities, challenges and events that link the sciences, technology and maths to solve problems. Currently, over 80% of pupils in the Sixth Form study at least one science subject or maths at A level and, in the past three years, a third of pupils have gone on to study a science subject at university, including courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences and Marine Biology as well as straight science or maths degrees.’

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