City of Norwich School

The Youth STEMM award


The Youth STEMM award is a relatively new scheme in the UK and stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine. The award has been running at CNS for two years and is a collaborative partnership with the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia.

The award is now available to all Y9 and Y10 students going into Y10 and Y11 next year. (May 2017) Places are limited.  The permission letter is here: Youth STEMM letter.

YSA runs in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Students complete four strands to qualify for the award:

  •  Inspiring the next generation
  • Engaging the public
  • Developing skills and knowledge
  •  Shaping your future

All students participating in the STEMM award attend a special awards evening to celebrate their achievement. In 2015, the first group of 9 students from CNS received their bronze STEMM award. 

Miss Kaptein and I are incredibly proud of the 9 girls who have received their bronze award, it has taken such a big commitment and dedication to do so.  All year, these girls have participated in events, organised projects and motivated others to get involved and without them the successes of such activities would not have been possible.  They are inspiring young ladies whom it has been such a pleasure to work with.”   Ms.Nichols, Assistant Headteacher CNS

In 2017, Y11 student Shruthi attended a Medical Careers Day at the University of East Anglia as part of her YSA award.

We had people from all areas of medicine come and talk to us about all aspects of becoming a professional, including the grades you need, the A levels you should take, which university is best for you and so much more. The amount of information given was huge but so helpful. Personally, it gave me a clear insight of what it takes to be successful in this highly competitive profession.

One of the workshops I had was a question and answer session with 5 medical students. They said they went to lots of open days and asked a lot of questions. We talked about how studying takes up a lot of your time but you also have time for friends and social activities. Overall the day was insightful and made me more interested and satisfied with my choice of career.”

All students participating in the STEMM award attend a special awards evening to celebrate their achievement.