Balshaw’s Church of England High School

News: STEM News


Students Learn to Save Lives Thanks to Restart a Heart Day 2017

13 October 2017

Our Year 7 and 8 students learn to save lives thanks to Restart a Heart Day 2017.


Science Club Trip to London

19 July 2017

On Friday 30th June, the Year 7 and Year 8 Science Club students, went on a trip to London.


Year 10 Girls Achieve Third Place in the STEM Challenge Day

6 June 2017

On Tuesday 16th May, four of our girls, Izzy, Milena, Teri and Victoria, travelled to Westholme School in Blackburn, with Mrs Holden, to compete in the STEM Challenge Day.


Balshaw's Students and Staff Visit The Big Bang Show

23 March 2017

On Saturday 18th March, fifteen of our students and three members of staff made the exciting trip to see the Big Bang Show in Birmingham.


GCHQ Girls' CyberFirst Competition

14 March 2017

Four girls from Balshaw’s have recently competed in the first ever GCHQ girls’ CyberFirst competition which involved over 8,000 girls and 2,100 teams across the UK.


UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

15 December 2016

During the week of the 7th November 2016, Year 9 students took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.


Year 11 Students Visit Leyland Trucks

16 October 2016

On Friday 23rd September a group of Year 11 visited Leyland Trucks as part of National Lorry Week.


GCSE Computer Science Students Visit Microsoft UK HQ!

5 July 2016

On Tuesday 28th June, Mr Mort and Miss Lockhart took twenty-nine students from Year 10 GCSE Computer Science on a trip to visit the UK Headquarters of Microsoft in Reading!


Balshaw's Tennis Team at the South Ribble Competition

13 June 2016

Congratulations to our U13 tennis team who competed at the South Ribble competition.


Robotics Challenge Champions

8 June 2016

In June 2016, 10 of our Students went along to Preston College to take part in the Future Engineers Lego Robotics challenge for 2016.


Rhiannon Evans and Mr Spud are Champions!

13 May 2016

Rhiannon Evans, in Year 9, competed in the Under 15 Lancashire Mounted Games from Friday 1st April until Sunday 3rd April.


TeenTech 2016

3 May 2016

On Wednesday 27th April 2016, Mr Mort took ten eager Year 8 students on a trip to TeenTech 2016.


Team Aftershock Triumph

4 March 2016

Massive congratulations are in order to our talented STEM group, who won ‘Best Rookie Team’ on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, at the regional finals of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.


Peace Poster Success

12 February 2016

Every year our Students submit poster entries to the Leyland and Cuerden Valley Lions competition. Our fabulous entries have been on display at the Leyland Civic Centre during the first week of February. One of our entries was chosen as the District winner for the fifth time over the last ten years.


Balshaw's Triumph at the BAE Systems 'Make it Challenge'

10 February 2016

Sixteen local schools from across Lancashire participated in the BAE Systems 'Make it Challenge' at Ribby Hall Village nr Kirkham.


Year 7 STEM Week

17 December 2015

During the week beginning 30th November Year 7 experienced a range of themed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lessons.


ZooLab Bring the Rainforest to Balshaw's!

4 December 2015

ZooLab made their annual visit to the Year 8 Geographers on December 1st to give them the opportunity to see first hand how creatures have adapted to their environment in the world's tropical rainforests


Manchester – the Place to Go for Earth Sciences!

4 December 2015

Trips to Manchester for our Students to learn more about Earth Sciences.


Balshaw's Geography Department Success in Delivering the John Muir Award

4 December 2015

Thanks to a lot of hard work and support of our Geography teachers last year, and all support staff in Year 7 Geography lessons, we have been able to maintain our success in delivering the John Muir Award to a second cohort of Year 7 students.


UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

3 December 2015

During the week of the 9th November 2015, Year 9 students took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (BCTC) introduces computer science to students and is designed to get them excited about computing.


'MasterChefs' in the Making!

13 November 2015

On Thursday 12th November 2015 two of our Students, Precious Hall and Christopher Cowpe, took part in the Rotary Chef of the Year Competition at Runshaw College. The competition is open to 14-16 year olds and is run by the Rotary Association.


Frightening Fairtrade Fun

23 October 2015

The Eco and Fairtrade Group pulled out all stops to advertise the 'Spooky' event that was to take place on Thursday 22nd October 2015.


Year 7 Science Club Trip to Blackpool

8 October 2015

In October our Year 7 Science Club took a trip to Blackpool. They visited the Zoo, the Tower, including the fabulous Tower Ballroom as seen on Strictly, the spooky Dungeons and even built a replica of the Tower in LEGO!


Farington WW1 Memorial Garden

6 October 2015

On September 27th a memorial was dedicated to the young men of Farington who gave their lives in the defence of our country during the Great War.


Year 10 Geology Trip to North Yorkshire

15 July 2015

Our Year 10 Geology students visited Ingleton Waterallls in North Yorkshire in July to immerse themselves in local geology.


Bletchley Park Educational Visit

15 July 2015

On Friday 3rd July, Mr Mort, Miss Lockhart, Miss Chisholm and Mrs Elliott took a group of students from Year 9 and Year 10 on an educational visit to Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.


Year 9 Space STEM Week

24 June 2015

In the summer of 2015 Year 9 students had an out of this world experience when they were involved in Space Week. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (the STEM subjects) led the way by offering a whole range of lessons based on the exploration of space.


Year 8 Science Excellent Habitat Models

3 June 2015

Many congratulations to Year 8 Science Pupils for their excellent habitat models.


Year 7 Maths Challenge

1 June 2015

Balshaw’s Church of England High School was host to the annual Year 7 Maths challenge, sponsored by Leyland trucks, on Thursday 21st May.


Nathan Bound for NASA United Space Summer School

23 May 2015

Congratulations are in order for Nathan Sayle as he prepares to attend NASA’s United Space Summer School in Houston, Texas.


Eco Group Research and Findings

23 March 2015

Over the past few months senior members of Balshaw’s eco-team, have been conducting research in to Ground Source Heating for our school.


Creepy Crawly Visitors at Balshaw’s!

17 March 2015

As part of our Science and Engineering week we had some visitors at Balshaw’s!


GCSE Computer Science Students Visit Microsoft!

16 March 2015

On Friday 13th March, Mr Mort took twenty students from his Year 11 GCSE Computer Science on a trip to visit the UK Headquarters of Microsoft in Reading.


Science Super Star

12 March 2015

Well done to Phoebe Stansfield (8CU4) for going the extra mile with her science homework and producing a fabulous 3D model of the Periodic Table, which includes pictures, descriptions of the elements and information about their discovery.


High Flying Visit to Balshaw’s

6 March 2015

High flying visit to Balshaw’s organised by Mrs Wilson


Perfect Athlete STEM Week

19 July 2014

On June 16th, 15 year 7 and 8 pupils took part in a week of after school STEM activities based on Athletics.


Tomorrow’s Engineers Visit

25 June 2014

On the 23/03/14 Year 8 and 9 pupils took part in two lessons delivered by Tomorrow’s Engineers.


STEM Girls Make National Finalists

28 March 2014

Year 8 STEM club girls Olivia Foster, Jemma Gough, Madison Bolton, Heather Mulgrew, Eleanor Bird and Ruby Hill from Balshaws entered a national competition aimed at encouraging more girls into STEM subjects held by Talent 2030.


Interschool Bridge Building

28 March 2014

As part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) week for Balshaw’s a new interschool bridge building competition was organised.


Balshaw’s STEM week

28 March 2014

There was an exciting line up of events to inspire in this year’s STEM week at Balshaw’s.


National Science and Engineering Week 14th to 22nd March 2013

14 March 2013

National Science and Engineering Week took place from 14th to 22nd March 2013 making it the longest and biggest NSEW that Balshaw's has ever celebrated! So what did we get up to...


Science and MFL Trip to Paris 2013!

14 February 2013

At February Half Term 2013, 65 Year 11 students set off for Paris! In its SEVENTH year (wow!), the trip was the best yet!