Engineering Department Vision

.For pupils to develop their curiosity, inquisitiveness, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

These attitudes and skills will equip pupils for their future everyday life and will encourage them to take up exciting and fulfilling STEM related jobs, careers and life opportunities.


Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed. The three-block structure-  explore, develop and apply - has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned.

The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

BTECEngineering Structure

Key Stage 5:

BTEC Tech Award Engineering Level 1 / 2

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering (Qualification Number: 603/0829/1), is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design as part of their  learning programme. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,  which cover the:
• development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
• knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry
• knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
• knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief.

This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes by broadening the application of ‘design and make’ tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.

Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment
City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Award

This qualification allows you to explore the Construction and Built Environment industry. If you enjoy practical, hands on tasks but also want to discover how buildings are constructed and what happens when they require repair, maintenance or refurbishment then this qualification is for you.

You will explore the structure of the construction and built environment industry in terms of how different people work together to deliver construction projects. You will develop an understanding of what makes a building and how the selection of different materials, affects the overall look and feel. You will have the opportunity to carry out a selection of realistic practical construction tasks related to the repair, maintenance and refurbishment of a building. The qualification has four units:
 · Working in the built environment
· Construction methods and materials
· Maintenance, repair and refurbishment of buildings
· Using tools to construct and maintain buildings

The qualification develops the following knowledge, understanding and skills: 

  • · how people in the construction industry work together to deliver projects
    · an understanding of how and why different materials are used in the construction of buildings
    · how to interpret sources of information used in construction projects
    · producing plans and recommending actions for remedial action for buildings that require repair, maintenance and refurbishment
    · the importance of working safely on construction projects
    · different skills and techniques used in construction projects Level 2 Technical Award in Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment (6720-21) 7
    · how to evaluate skills and techniques.
  • The understanding developed is fundamental to an introduction to any aspect of Construction and Building Services, including:
  • Design and Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction project management
  • Building services engineering specific qualifications (eg Electrical Services, Plumbing)
  • Construction craft qualifications


STEM at Southborough

STEM has been a huge force in the UK and internationally and is a term which brings together the following four academic disciplines to provide an enrichment programme in an interdisciplinary and applied approach;

  • Science: Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths

STEM subjects are major contributors to the prosperity of the UK and the government believes we need to further develop high levels of skills in these subject areas. 

During your time at Southborough you will be involved at some point in a STEM activity or project.

In Year 8 we offer a carousel of STEM subjects; taught in a project based setting with iterative design and critical thinking skills at the centre. We focus on hands on problem solving and last year offered the design and build of robots, programming microbits, Music technology, Food technology and Business skills and Design and build DT projects.

This Year we will be offering various projects around the theme of ‘Nutrition and Technology’ combining the specialisms of Sports Science, Computing, Food tech., Business and Design Technology.


Other STEM school projects:


STEM Club (for Year 7): focussing on Forensic Techniques, chemical experiments and Physical build projects (for example Water rockets)

CREST Award Science project (Year 9)

Skeleton Bob speed project with Tolworth Girls School (Year 7)

Various linked projects with St Marys University, Imperial London and Kingston University to name but a few.

STEM subjects at KS4

STEM subjects in the Sixth Form

STEM subjects are available to all in the school, including our mixed Sixth Form.  In addition to studying STEM subjects, the students understanding of STEM is enriched by a range of “super curriculum” activities and events, which are supported by our team of Year 12 and 13 STEM Ambassadors

They will play a valuable role in supporting the delivery of the STEM Club sessions and various projects that are run throughout the academic year, which they can include in their UCAS personal statements.

STEM ambassador students to be announced shortly.

Special Educational Needs/Inclusion

The Special Educational Needs department is headed by Mrs Lee-Potter.

All staff in the team are highly experienced and qualified and have been chosen very carefully.

What we believe

At Southborough we aim to create an inclusive environment where all pupils are valued equally and have the right to an education including a broad and balanced curriculum.

Who we support

We cater for the needs of all students including the following:-

  • English as an Additional Language 
  • Refugee, Traveller and Asylum Seekers
  • Those with medical needs
  • Students with special educational needs including :-
  • Those with communication difficulties including those on the autistic spectrum SLCN
  • Learning difficulties both Global and specific LD & SpLD
  • Students with behavioural .Emotional and Social Difficulties BESD
  • Students with Physical and Sensory impairment PSSI  including Visual and Hearing impairment VI&HI
  • Looked after children (those in local Authority care)
  • Students with identified low Literacy and Numeracy 
  • Students on dual registration attending the local pupil referral units PRU 



With students with needs beginnings and endings are very important and to this effect we are very committed to each child experiencing a smooth transition between Primary and Secondary school
In order to achieve this we have high levels of consultation with both Primary school and parents prior to entry to Southborough.


Liaison / Support 

  • We listen to Parents boys and teachers regarding individual support needs.
  • We offer support to all students outside of school hours via homework, breakfast and lunchtime clubs.
  • We support students in class helping teachers with differentiation.
  • We run small groups for literacy ,numeracy, coursework catch up and an alternative subject in KS4 Enjoy close liaison with the support agencies in the EP,.EWO, Connexions.
  • We run a reading initiative for identified students in year 7 where students make a great deal of progress.


Raising self esteem

  • We understand that students need to develop self esteem and encourage this through sporting and extra curricular activities.
  • We deliver an emotional literacy group for those students experiencing difficulties and in year 7 a confidence group for those having difficulties with making friends.



If parents have any concerns or queries they are welcome to e mail Mrs Lee-Potter on or phone on 0208-391-4324 on extension 25.



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