Inspiring students in STEM

To encourage girls to take up careers in STEM, Stockton Sixth Form College offers a number of events throughout the year, including mentorship from former students. One of which is Ashleigh Lees who recently visited the college to speak to female STEM subject students.

Now Headteacher at All Saints Academy in Ingleby Barwick, Ashleigh shared her career journey with students explaining the barriers that she had experienced from being the only girl in her Maths and Physics classes at college to becoming a Maths teacher and progressing to her current position as Headteacher. Ashleigh was extremely inspirational and spoke to students about their career goals and offered the advice “believe you can do whatever you want to do.”

Principal Asma Shaffi highlighted the need to champion women in STEM and create space to celebrate their success who are playing a major role in the future generation of science and technology.

She said: “The commitment and outstanding work ethic of our students demonstrate how women can break biases and outdated societal expectations of women contributing to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industry and workforce. Female leaders like Ashleigh Lees are shining role models for our students and I hope they follow Ashleigh’s footsteps.”


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