We've given a grant to fund state-of-the-art robotics equipment and 3D technology at a Sutton Coldfield grammar school – one of the oldest schools in the country.

More than £21,000 was awarded to the Design and Robotics Club at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for new robotics machinery and a 3D printer – plus their installation – which will be ready for use in September.

The presentation was made by our Chief Executive, Judith Armstrong, during a tour of the school which included the dedicated STEM block that opened in December 2016. Speaking at the school, Ms Armstrong praised the faculty for providing such an excellent environment in which school pupils can learn and experiment.

(L-R) Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point; Year 7 pupil Tadhg; Year 7 pupil Aditya; Brian Davies, Development Director, in front of the Richards-Randon STEM block

“It is vital that young people are given the opportunity to take an interest in science, technology and engineering. These subjects will provide them with a life-long interest and potentially life-long employment. The UK is home to 47,000 digital technology companies – of which three-quarters are based outside London – and it’s estimated that tech and digital alone will add £2.2 billion to the West Midlands economy by 2025 with an additional 84,000 jobs – which makes us a great region to spearhead technology,” said Ms Armstrong.

(Back row, L-R) Tim Brown, Head of DT; Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point; Brian Davies, Development Director; Tom Lintern, Head of Computing; (front, L-R) Year 7 pupils Tadhg and Aditya  

“This new equipment, which the Trust is delighted to support, will allow students to gain experience and improve their knowledge and skills in design, analysis and operation of advanced technology. 

(L-R) Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point; Year 7 pupil Tadhg; Year 7 pupil Aditya; Brian Davies, Development Director, inside the STEM block with the Bishop Vesey crest and motto

“This year we received a record number of applications and deciding which should receive awards was challenging but we felt that the work by Bishop Vesey stimulating young minds absolutely fits the Trust’s criteria. It is encouraging to see young people taking a real interest in STEM as a future career. It is what Birmingham, the West Midlands and Britain needs.

“It gives me and the trustees great pleasure to see the direct impact we can have as a charity on other organisations in line with our aims of promoting STEM education opportunities,” she said.

Each year we donate hundreds of thousands to support STEM and education in the West Midlands, mainly through our commercial activity as a landlord, premiere events venue and private office and co-working space. 

Brian Davies, Development Director at Bishop Vesey, said, “Maths, chemistry and physics are some of our most popular A Level subjects, and many students go on to study STEM subjects at university. For an ambitious school like Bishop Vesey, this grant will really help us to support the huge demand for STEM resources. We hope our robotics club next year will go from strength to strength.” 

(L-R) Brian Davies, Development Director; Year 7 pupil Tadhg; Tim Brown, Head of DT; Year 7 pupil Aditya; Judith Armstrong, CEO of Millennium Point

In addition to the grant to Bishop Vesey, Millennium Point is to continue its flagship initiative, the Millennium Point Scholarship.

Now in its fifth year, the Scholarship encourages underprivileged young people to pursue STEM careers by funding one young person’s STEM degree each year at Birmingham City University. This year’s winner was 17-year old Walsall Academy student Ryan Dowell, who will start his course in Civil Engineering in September.

For more information on Millennium Point's charitable activities, please get in touch by calling 0121 202 2200 or email [email protected]