New challenges and holistic learning

From September 2021, The Elms is excited to be introducing the emerging learning model: STEAM. The combined approach and collaboration between the arts and sciences will allow children to learn through enquiry, wonder and innovation in a hands-on approach.

This programme will be available to all children in Years 5 – 8 on day plus, flexi and full boarding fees and delivered on a Saturday morning. Children will be engaged in practical-based sessions across the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

“Marlborough is poised to adapt, to invest and to be ready to approach STEAM Education in a forward-thinking and innovative manner which best equips our pupils and those from our partner schools for the challenges and expectations of the future.”

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Master, Marlborough College

“Here at NMITE we are delighted to support The Elms School as they advance their educational focus with STEAM. With so many shared ambitions, including building a better future for all, changing the face of education and supporting a new generation of young people to work, think and learn differently, there is a natural synergy between our two institutions.  I am certain this is the right way forward for The Elms School and we extend our support as you enter this new educational endeavour.”

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, CEO of NMITE, Hereford University

Innovative enrichment

Children will be energetically engaged in investigations, research and teamwork around the school, utilising our rich resources including the farm, theatre, science labs, design and technology workshop, art room and our beautiful outdoor space. STEAM will encourage resourcefulness, with children applying engineering, investigating materials, researching methodologies, making models, drawing up plans and presenting ideas back to their peers and teachers.

“My own successes as both an engineer and clinician stem directly from those whose wisdom encouraged me to not fear mistakes, those who trusted me to push boundaries, and those who inspired me to reach further. The value of a STEAM education is maybe more important now than ever, as our children’s future becomes less predictable than has been the case before.”

Dr Adam Hill, Old Elmsian – 1987-1993, University of Edinburgh

“The collaboration is exciting and has huge potential, as well as attracting a whole new cohort of students who might otherwise disengage from STEM subjects, which can be perceived by some youngsters as tedious and unreachable. With STEAM, art and design invited to the party, a different, more inclusive, imaginative and innovative picture emerges.”

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“My own successes as both an engineer and clinician stem directly from those whose wisdom encouraged me to not fear mistakes, those who trusted me to push boundaries, and those who
inspired me to reach further. The value of a STEAM education is maybe more important now than ever, as our children’s future becomes less predictable than has been the case before.”

Dr Adam Hill, Old Elmsian – 1987-1993, University of Edinburgh