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Dame Stella Rimington Lecture

Published Thursday 26th of September 2013 09:20:33 AM

STEM Conference and Dame Stella Rimington Lecture at Prior's Field

Prior's Field: where "nothing is ever ordinary" (Parent)

Originality and passion are encouraged at Prior's Field. Over 20 A-Level subjects are offered and, when they go on to university, girls read vastly differing subjects.

On average over 50% of girls study degree subjects in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and this October Prior's Field is hosting a STEM Conference for its Fourth and Fifth Year pupils and those at Fullbrook School. The day will start with girls working in groups to design and construct solutions to such engineering challenges as how to survive on a desert island, rescue passengers from a train derailment and crash-proof test an egg-laden car.

Students will then hear from visiting speakers Dr Anil de Sequeira of Bath Spa University, who will talk about the food we eat and our responsibility to learn more about it, and Kate Bellingham, engineer and past Tomorrow's World presenter, who is an ambassador for the government's campaign Science [So What? So Everything]. The conference will close with a career "speed dating" session where pupils will have a matter of minutes to quiz visiting parents and Prior's Field Old Girls working in the STEM field to identify their specific jobs.

Exceptional speakers come to Prior's Field as part of its tradition of annual lectures given in memory of the school's founder. This year, on Thursday 21 November, the first female Director General of MI5 and first Director to have their name publicised, Dame Stella Rimington, will deliver a lecture entitled Open Secret: The Life and Career of the First Woman to Lead MI5.

Tickets to hear Dame Stella's lecture on Thursday 21 Novemberare open to the general public and can be booked online at, subject to availability. Drinks are on arrival from 7pm, with the lecture starting at 7.30pm.

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