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Inspiring future STEM stars

Our A Level STEM students are the coders, engineers, scientists, medics and designers of tomorrow.

We believe Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are very much for girls. In fact, statistics show, that girls in single-sex schools are more likely to study STEM subjects at A Level than their peers in co-educational settings.

STEM at The Sixth

Our biologists, chemists and physicists are taught by subject specialists in cutting-edge science laboratories. Computer Science and Textile Design are also popular A Level choices.

STEM extra-curricular opportunities include:

  • Youth STEMM Award scheme
  • Lunchtime subject surgeries
  • Visiting speakers sharing their experience in STEM careers
  • Connections with Cambridge University STEM departments
  • Olympiads and Royal Society competitions
  • Coding clubs, competitions and workshops
  • Textile clubs, visiting speakers and design museum visits
  • St Mary's Fashion Show
  • Leadership opportunities to inspire younger girls interested in STEM

We also offer scholarships to individuals who demonstrate excellence in STEM subjects.

Inspired by Cambridge

Located in the heart of Cambridge (or Silicon Fen) we are surrounded by world leaders in science, mathematics and technology-based industries. Working collaboratively with some of these companies, we have offered unique opportunities to students interested in this sector, including work placements with companies such as Mott MacDonald and Microsoft Research, and access to the School's Day at the Babraham Institute.

STEM news at The Sixth

Follow in their footsteps...

Sixth Form (2012)

Habiba Ahut Daggash

"I completed my PhD in Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation Research at Imperial College London. Previously, I chaired the Future Energy Leaders Forum at the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and sat on the Board of the Energy Centre."

  • Five A* A Levels at St Mary's in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and an Extended Project Qualification
  • Graduated from University of Oxford with a First Class Honours in Engineering Science
  • A member of Oxford University Women's Association Football Club, Engineering Society and the Energy Society


Sixth Form (2016)

Claudia Driscoll

"Our imminent future is threatened by an unprecedented demand on global resources. France Arnold (Nobel Prize, Chemistry in 2019) whose work continuously inspires me, said that: nature is a brilliant chemist and by far the best engineer of all time."

  • Gained 4 A Levels at St Mary's in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology, plus AS Levels in the same subjects
  • Currently studying a PhD in Interdisciplinary Biosciences at the University of Oxford
  • Gained a Masters in Biology and Chemistry at Durham University