A leading independent school in Suffolk is the only venue in the East of England selected to host a series of prestigious STEM subject workshops.

Ipswich High School is working in partnership with The Royal Institution (Ri), a leader in STEM education, to provide masterclasses for pupils from a number of state schools across the region.

Pupils have been flying drones, using light-driven robots and studying fractals as innovative ways of bringing the subjects of engineering, computer science and mathematics to life.

Nicola Griffiths, Deputy Head at Ipswich High School, said: “As digital technologies evolve, so does the need for new skills.

“Here at Ipswich High School, we have access to some of the UK’s most acclaimed teachers and the latest technology to promote digitally innovative thinking for the future and they felt that we should share some of that knowledge and expertise to make sure young people across Suffolk could benefit.

“The lecturers delivering the masterclasses attend from nationwide locations and are supported by our academics and use our fantastic facilities and beautiful school site.”

She added: “It has been a wonderful project – one we will continue to be involved in, raising standards across the county.

“After all, our specialist teaching has helped Ipswich High School pupils achieve incredible academic success at GCSE and A Level – in fact, 2019 saw the school record the best results across both examination sets in the county.”

As part of the school’s partnership with the Ri, it held six-week courses for Year 9 computing and engineering school students and Saturday sessions in mathematics for Year 5 pupils.

And, thanks to the success of those courses, the Ri is now offering a mathematics masterclass for Year 8 pupils across the county.

A Ri spokesman said: “In 2018/19, the Ri held courses of STEM Masterclasses at Ipswich High School for Year 5 and Year 9 pupils from state schools across the region, giving students access to inspiring and challenging mathematics, engineering and computer science workshops.

“Ipswich High School’s strong engagement links with other schools in the county enabled us to offer children from local primary and secondary school places at the Ri Masterclasses over a period of six weeks.

“Following on from the success of last year’s Masterclasses, we are extremely pleased to be expanding the collaboration and are now including a course of Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 8 students.

“There are currently 70 pupils in Suffolk benefiting, thanks to Ipswich High School’s expertise and support.”