The number of educational establishments, both primary and secondary, which will benefit from the company’s Link Schools’ Programme has gone up from 10 to 19.
And this means that hundreds more youngsters will be able to take advantage of the extra educational funding from the Fawley site.
Hamble Primary, Hythe Primary, Marchwood Church of England Infant School, Marchwood Junior School, Orchard Infant School, Orchard Junior School, Waterside Primary School, Wildground Infant School and Beaulieu Village Primary School are the latest schools which will each receive funding to spend on STEM subjects.
They join Blackfield Primary School, Fawley Infant School, Cadland Primary School, Manor Church of England Infant School, Wildground Junior School, Applemore College, Noadswood School, New Forest Academy, Hounsdown School and The Hamble School already benefiting from the programme.
Each of the schools on the programme is presented with a special plaque to mark the partnership.
Angharad Vaughan, ExxonMobil Fawley’s community affairs adviser, said: “We have a proud tradition of supporting education and employment and are delighted to now be able to support more local schools.
“We believe STEM is such an important focus for young people and have seen our funding used for everything from text books and scientific calculators to educational software and safety equipment.”
Jo Fenton, Senior Teacher and Science Lead at Orchard Junior School, said they were delighted to be included in the new Link School Programme.
“Without a doubt, it is the practical element of science that causes the most excitement among the children and in each lesson there is one specific skill being worked on and observed by the teacher so that they are aware of the different elements of practical work.
“One key issue can be budget restraints, meaning children have to work in larger groups than we would prefer.
“This funding will enable us to replenish tired or faulty equipment to enable children to work in smaller groups and have increased opportunities to engage in quality discussion with a work partner.”