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Links with industry: GO4SET


Go4SET is a rigorous national competition which aims to encourage Year 9 pupils to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related GCSEs and A Levels, leading to future careers in design and engineering. The Product Design department at the College has for many years enjoyed outstanding success in the Go4SET scheme. 

Teams of six Mount Kelly pupils undertake a project over ten school weeks. A company provides a mentor and the project is related to the environmental issues of designing a school or sports centre. In the past we have been paired with Ambrosia, Bombardier and Babcock Marine. In 2016, Mount Kelly's Team B were the South West regional winners and went on to compete in the national final and ‘Big Bang’ event at the NEC in Birmingham. 

Last year, two Year 9 teams reached the regional final, for which they created proposals and models for ‘Eco Factories’, using sustainable materials, sustainable energy, and making sustainable products. Mount Kelly's Team A won the Most Innovative Project Award for their Eco hydroponics plant-growing system.

Every pupil participating in GO4SET gains a Silver CREST Award becomes a member of the national Industrial Cadets Scheme. Pupils gain an insight, through company visits and from working with mentors, into how businesses operate. They experience real life problem-solving in an engineering context, whilst working as a team. Mount Kelly has fostered good relationships with all the companies who have taken part, with some helping with follow up projects at GCSE.


Mount Kelly LEGO® fans have the opportunity to take part, along with thousands of schools internationally, in FIRST® LEGO® League, the world’s largest STEM competition run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow. 

Following its launch in September 2018, a team of Year 10 pupils worked on a project to build a variety of LEGO® Mindstorm models, a moon rover robot and write programmes to control the robot through a number of missions on a map of space.

Industrial Cadets Awards

The Industrial Cadets Awards aim to showcase and present excellence awards to selected individuals, schools, colleges and employers, whilst also celebrating achievements made by young people who have given something back as a result of taking part in the Industrial Cadets programme. Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to participate in the Industrial Cadets experience, developing skills such as creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving.

Discovery Awards

Year 8 pupils participate in the ‘First Edition’ STEM Day at Plymouth University, where they work in teams to problem solve, design and construct products, which have recently included a powered vehicle that could travel the greatest distance, and a cloud-busting tower that could hold an egg the greatest distance off the ground.


Year 8 pupils also compete in the National Institute of Engineering and Technology sponsorered scheme, the Faraday Challenge. Teams compete against one another to see who can design, create and promote the best solution to a real-life engineering challenge. A recent challenge involved pupils designing and programming micro bits as part of a Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover- BAR sponsored racing catamaran project, with the winning team being presented a prestigious Land Rover BAR prism shaped trophy.