About North Star

"Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.” Sir Henry Royce


Realising the ambitious vision for Sheffield City Region – home of world class manufacturing.

The North Star programme promotes and applauds innovation and opportunity in the Sheffield City Region to inspire the next generation to consider careers in STEAM subjects. We back a vision for the UK to become the best place in world to practice Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

South Yorkshire has a proud industrial heritage built from the power of steam. Inventions and improvement in manufacturing processes in the region played a key role in the industrial revolution which transformed the world.

In 2020, we are once again the home of world class manufacturing. The Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham developed by Harworth and the wider South Yorkshire Innovation District is leading the way. It is THE place in the UK for people to connect, co-locate, collaborate and innovate; attracting business and investment from all over the world. It is home to world-class brands including Boeing, McLaren Automotive, Rolls-Royce, UK AEA, Arconic, Tata specialist steels, Toshiba and Forgemasters.

Where did the North Star Science School come from?

Led by theWell Rotherham programme, a public health innovation initiative atSouth Yorkshire Housing Association, we are an ambitious cross-sector partnership of local industry, education and community organisations. Our activity culminated in the North Star event in 2020 delivered in partnership with Professor Brian Cox and Lord Andrew Mawson’s celebrated Science Summer School.

We believe that inspired communities can chart their own path to health, wealth and happiness. We see that beneath the regional vision for excellence sit the inspirational stories, endeavour and aspiration of thousands of people; like stars forming a galaxy.

St Paul’s Way Science Summer School

Now in its tenth year, St Paul’s Way Trust Science Summer School hosts this annual event with its Patron Professor Brian Cox OBE. St Paul’s Way Trust School, a ‘National Teaching School’ and a ‘Through School’, places science at the heart of the curriculum with its unique Faraday learning pathway. The aim is to inspire young people to become the next generation of Britain’s scientists.

Our new sixth form research laboratories, designed by Queen Mary University of London, build on this offer by giving students access to exciting and cutting edge research opportunities such as the Authentic Biology DNA research project.

The opportunities for exciting and innovative careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) are almost limitless. In line with our vision for excellence, the Science Summer School present an annual inspirational programme which mixes the best of STEAM subjects with a focus on Engineering, through a series of seminars, discussions and hands-on experiments.

‘Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”

- Sir Henry Royce

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