“You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.” ―
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Young Engineer's Academy

Welcome to Parkfield's Young Engineers' Academy!

February 2016 saw the opening of Parkfield's newest academy - Parkfield's Young Engineers' Academy.

The West Midlands, and Birmingham in particular, have a very proud history of innovation, technological development and manufacturing. As a country though, there is a huge shortage of engineers coming through our education system. This is particularly the case in terms of women breaking into this male dominated environment.

Having won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2015, we wanted to do something innovative with our prize money that would benefit all of our children. We therefore decided to set up our very own Young Engineers' Academy. We believe that we are one of the first primary schools in the country to have such a dedicated resource.

Each class at Parkfield, will visit the our Young Engineers' Academy once every half term, for a full day. To see an overview of the tasks each year group will complete, please click on the pdf below.
2019-20 Young Engineers Academy Overview

As well as hopefully inspiring some of our children to become the next generation of this country's engineers, we are also hoping to develop a range of skills within our children which can be utilised across the curriculum.
We aim for our children, through the use of this academy, to
  • co-operate well with others;
  • develop further their spoken language skills; 
  • develop team work skills;
  • explore a range of solutions to problems;
  • develop resilience;
  • develop a knowledge of a range of technical problems;
  • apply maths and science skills to real life contexts;
  • use a range of materials safely.
We are really hoping that local firms, with a scientific, mathematical, manufacturing or technological background will become involved with our Young Engineers Academy. If you represent one of these firms and are interested in doing this, then please email us. We would be delighted to hear from you. 

Our facilities are also available for other local schools to use for a small charge. If you are interested in doing this, then please contact us to discuss your needs. We may even be able to help with transport for local schools.