Alton School pupil becomes an International Ambassador
Lauren Shea, Year 13 pupil at Alton School has been announced as the first International Ambassador for TeenTech at a lavish ceremony at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of York, KG. This is hot on the heels of her being the youngest on the list of ’50 most influential women in engineering’ published in the Daily Telegraph earlier this year.
17th October 2017 — Lauren Shea, Year 13 pupil at Alton School has been announced as the first International Ambassador for TeenTech at a lavish ceremony at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of York, KG. This is hot on the heels of her being the youngest on the list of ’50 most influential women in engineering’ published in the Daily Telegraph earlier this year.
Lauren was a 2015 TeenTech award winner in Year 10 for her invention of the ‘M- Shuttle’ – an innovative concept to get lifesaving medical supplies to soldiers on a battlefield.
Since then she has supported other TeenTech teams both at home and abroad to develop their ideas, working with teams in Finland, Spain and Hungary as well as younger pupils at Alton School. Present at the Buckingham Palace ceremony were pupils from Alton’s Lower Sixth (congratulations to Beatrice Pilgrim, Imogen Peterson and Isabel Robinson) who were finalists for a piece of wearable technology they had designed that can detect UV radiation. The Hungarian team she mentored won the International Prize category.
Lauren's outstanding efforts were recognised by the unique honour of becoming an International Ambassador for the programme, and on announcing this honour, His Highness the Duke of York asked her to explain to all present guests why she thought that international cooperation was so important.
Said Lauren ‘It was a great surprise, and very thrilling. And it was amazing to be so in demand from the various commercial organisations that wanted to talk to me afterwards! Whilst I need to focus on my ‘A’ levels right now, my dream of going to MIT next year feels more and more possible. I’m so grateful to Dr Clayton for all the support and encouragement she has provided me. It’s given me such an amazing platform from which to plan my future’.
Said Dr Clayton, Alton School Head of Science, ‘I’m immensely proud of Lauren. She’s using her skills and talent to help and coach others, which is fantastic to see. Research shows that for girls to sustain an interest in science and technical subjects through their senior school years they need five things: female role models, practical experience and hands on exercises, teacher mentors, real-life applications and confidence in gender equality. I believe our team here working alongside TeenTech and other partners is providing these things in such a way that our female pupils really feel empowered and excited about careers in engineering and science’.
Dr Jane Gould, Director of Alton School’s International Programme, attended the ceremony on behalf of Alton School and said: ‘It was a joyful event for our school and we are very grateful for all the support the students were given over the years by their teachers and of course their parents’.
Alton School is a co-educational Catholic school for pupils from 6 months to 18 years old, located on the outskirts of Alton in Hampshire. We nurture intellectually brave, morally sound, confident young people who are prepared for life.
English Lit GCSE results outperform national average by 400%
Alton Convent School's excellent GCSE results include English Lit. top grade 9 awarded to students at four times national average. (Note to editors: this story applies to Alton Convent School which only becomes Alton School on 06.09.17)
25th August 2017 — After the long wait, the academic results published yesterday reflect the hard work and dedication of all Year 11 pupils. Mr Maher is delighted that the pupils’ hard work has been rewarded: over half the cohort received the highest grades of A* and A. In particular, the new, tougher GCSEs of English and mathematics produced outstanding results well above the national average. In English Literature, the new top grade of 9 was awarded at four times the national average. In mathematics students achieved a 100% pass rate (grades C and above) with many pupils gaining grades 8 and 9.
ACS is so proud of all its students’ GCSE success with six girls achieving straight A* - A grades and special mention must also be made of Year 8 pupil Mylène Harrison who achieved 100% in her French GCSE.
Academic life is still as vibrant as ever here and we look forward to results day next year as the re-branded 'Alton School' prepares to welcome boys into Year 7 and Year 12 in September 2018.