Phil Avery from Bohunt School appointed as Trustee on the Board of Young Engineers
Phil Avery, Associate Headteacher of the outstanding Bohunt School in Hampshire, and Ruth Amos, who won the Young Engineer for Britain award in 2006, have been appointed as Trustees on the Board of Young Engineers, the Liphook based organisation that co-ordinates engineering clubs and experiences in primary and secondary schools across the UK.
Phil Avery is the Associate Headteacher at Bohunt School, an OFSTED Outstanding academy based in Liphook, Hampshire, where he has worked for four years. His two major areas of interest are innovations in learning and outdoor education. Phil has pioneered teaching methods that lead to students who are resilient, confident and intrinsically motivated, as well as knowledgeable. This has led to the introduction at Bohunt of Challenge Based Learning, an immersion language teaching system that delivers highly effective STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education and integrates into the curriculum, real-world business links, innovative learning environments and an extensive outdoor programme.
On 26th November 2013 Phil was awarded the ‘Joan Stovell Award for STEM Leadership’ at the STEMNET Awards in the House of Lords. The School’s innovative approach to education has also been recognised in a recent meeting with the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street.
Ruth, designed the StairSteady as part of her GCSE resistant materials project, went on to patent the device and set up a company to market the device while studying for her A-levels. At 24, Ruth now runs StairSteady Ltd full time, managing the distribution and fitting of the StairSteady across the UK and abroad. In addition, she works on projects to help promote enterprise in school, is an Enterprise UK ambassador, was Young Entrepreneurs (runner up) 2006, Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006 and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist in 2008 in Atlanta, a Cragrats ambassador, and Enterprise Role model in South Yorkshire.
Neil Strowger, Headteacher of Bohunt School, says: “Bohunt realises that education is about far more than just exceptional exam results. It is mainly about what those students go on to do and how they feel about themselves. Philip becoming a trustee of Young Engineers is recognition of what Bohunt has achieved so far in this field, but it is also an exciting opportunity for us to work with an innovative organisation to provide even better experiences and futures for young people. Combined with our various STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) initiatives and an application to open a Sixth Form the future looks very exciting for students at Bohunt and wider.”
Rod Edwards, Chief Executive of Young Engineers, says: “I am excited and delighted to be working with such inspirational leaders. Introducing young impressive people such as Ruth and Phil, who are in daily contact with teachers and students, as Trustees onto the Board of Young Engineers is another important element in our ongoing change programme. Their knowledge, drive and enthusiasm will be hugely valued and appreciated, both within the Board and throughout the Young Engineers organisation.”
About Young Engineers
Young Engineers: Real-world experiences for all UK school students
Young Engineers is an educational charity whose primary aim is to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering and to see the opportunities in engineering as a potential career option. It achieves this through a range of practical, fun engineering activities. Young Engineers runs the largest network of engineering clubs in the UK, mostly after school hours, in both primary and secondary schools. Its long-standing and highly respected Young Engineers for Britain competition is an important element in the Regional and National Big Bang Fairs. Its STEM Challenge Events inspire young people, from aged 7 upwards, to see the relevance of maths and science within the school curriculum. Its patron is HRH The Duke of York KG GCVO ADC.
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