Education in partnership with STEM industries


NRG is proud to support Newcastle’s Discovery School, a revolutionary new school, which opened its doors in Newcastle this month. Discovery School is the first of its kind; a specialist, industry-driven technical school for 14-19 year olds, specialising in engineering, science, maths and technology. It offers a unique learning experience that looks, feels and operates more like a high tech engineering facility than a traditional secondary school.

Discovery School provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education delivered in partnership with industry and education providers through a number of hands on, industry based projects. Discovery School also offers both GCSE and A Level qualifications to provide students with access to a range of further and higher education opportunities, such as, University degrees, further training and employment.

Discovery School will inspire students from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities as an inclusive, learner-centred organisation, making it one of the leading schools of its kind in the UK. Newcastle, more than any other city, offers a natural location for Discovery School, with its long heritage of industrial engineering, from shipbuilding and railways to defence industries, and a present day position at the forefront of scientific developments.

Pupils will leave the school fully prepared to be the highly qualified engineers, scientists and technicians that are critical to the future of North East businesses. There is a growing skills shortage of trained engineers and technicians across all engineering sectors in the UK and the school will help to overcome this challenge within the UK economy. Principal Dr Wendy Allen said, “The ethos of Discovery School is coming to work not going to school. It will be a welcome boost for the region’s high tech employers who need workers with the skills which Discovery School can provide.”

The school boasts impressive new learning spaces, workshops and labs where Discovery School students can turn theory into the hands-on application of learning, rather than spending time in traditional classrooms. The investment of almost £9 million in this state of the art facility will also help revitalise a part of Newcastle’s Discovery Quarter and bring many benefits to the city.

Discovery School is the brainchild of NCG, a non-profit education and training organisation with headquarters in Newcastle. NCG runs Newcastle College, Newcastle Sixth Form College, West Lancashire College as well as national training and employability provider, Intraining. The school is also well supported by local industry in the North East with many student projects being initiated by local engineering and technology companies and mentored by industry professionals.

We are very pleased to support this pioneering venture. We are extremely excited about the boost it will bring to the future workforces of many of our partner businesses and welcome the spotlight it has placed upon the critical skillsets within science, technology and engineering for the future success of both the North East and UK economies. NRG looks forward to working with Discovery School as it undoubtedly produces impressive talent to integrate into our region’s workforces. We are keen to share our expertise, offering careers advice and guidance from our experienced teams and business partners in the STEM industries” Chris Rigg, CEO, NRG.