Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream

"Provide a unique learning opportunity for more able students to innovate, explore and excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; underpinned by the core values of Northampton Academy - Respect, Determination and Ambition."

Northampton Academy is proud to be launching our Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream in September 2018.  This will provide students who have special aptitude for Sciences and Mathematics with an accelerated curriculum and unique opportunities to further stretch and develop their understanding of STEM subjects. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEM? 

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The accelerated STEM curriculum focuses on the skills required to be at the top of these fields.

How will it be different? 

The Nucleus STEM stream will allow students time to develop STEM skills with unique opportunities to explore their interests and conduct research into specific areas of interest relating to STEM topics. In addition to the requirements of the National Curriculum, Nucleus students will receive advanced teaching in aspects of the sciences, mathematics, engineering, computing (including software programming and coding) and research skills.

What support will there be?

We have forged links with universities, organisations and businesses to support the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream. Students will be given the opportunity to work with current PhD students to advance their own research skills and develop their ideas. Students will also be invited on a range of national and international trips and visits with a focus on science and technology.

What will be expected of my child? 

As part of the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream your child will be expected to engage in a more diverse, independent and research-based style of learning. They will need to have a keen interest in science, technology, mathematics and computing. Students will also be expected to take part in a co-curricular programme at the end of the day to further their skills and opportunities in later life.

Is Nucleus STEM for my child?

Nucleus is very demanding and as such is not suitable for all students.  Students who wish to enter the stream should be achieving excellent assessment results, be reading at a high level, be very mathematically competent and have a keen interest in science, mathematics or computing which they are able to articulate.

Any students who will be in Year 7 or 8 from September 2018 are welcome to apply. Successful applicants must have an academic aptitude towards STEM subjects and demonstrate a keen interest in science, maths or computing. 

How will my child get a place in the stream? 

Only students who already attend Northampton Academy can apply. They will be required to take an aptitude test and complete an interview to demonstrate their passion and understanding of STEM subjects.

What happens if my child does not get accepted into the STEM stream?

If your child is unsuccessful in the STEM application it will not affect their learning at our excellent Academy. High ability students will still be stretched and challenged in lessons and will be given fantastic learning opportunities as part of our varied and challenging curriculum.

How do I find out more? 

If you have any further questions please contact Mr Swallow via email at


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