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Links with industry: GO4SET

EES

This is an exciting scheme for four Lower Sixth pupils over six months. The pupils form a team and are linked with an outside company; they are given a real life brief to solve involving a STEM related challenge. In the past teams have worked with DS Smith Packaging, The Royal Navy, Ginster’s and AMEY Construction. In 2011 the team won the best team trophy for the south West. Everyone who has taken part has benefited tremendously, with a substantial number entering higher education to study Engineering. The team also gained Gold CREST Awards for their efforts.

GO4SET

A similar scheme to EES, but aimed at Year 9 pupils, a team or several teams of 6 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 2012 the pupils won the ‘Pupils Choice Award’ for their design, in 2014, Team A won the ‘Most Innovative Award’ and in 2016 Team B were the South West regional winners, and this year (2017) they will be competing in the national final and ‘Big Bang’ event at the NEC in Birmingham.

Every pupil gain a Silver CREST Award for their contributions and in 2016, all pupils became members of the national ‘Industrial Cadets’ scheme.

Due to increasing popularity, in 2017 the school is submitting for the first time ever, three teams in the Go4SET challenge, encouraging even more pupils to consider a future career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

From both the schemes the pupils gain an insight, through company visits and from working with mentors, into how businesses operate and also the experience of real life problem solving in an engineering context, whilst working as a team. Over a seven year period the school has fostered a good relationship with all the companies who have taken part, some helping with follow up projects at GCSE.

Discovery Awards

In 2016 36 Year 8 pupils took part in the first ever ‘First Edition’ STEM based challenge at Plymouth University. Working in 6 teams and true tradition of the 1970’s ‘Great Egg Race’ challenges, they had to problem solve, design and construct two products, one a powered vehicle that had to travel the greatest distance and another, a cloud busting tower that held an egg the greatest distance off the ground, and pupils will again be involved in this is 2017.

Faraday

In 2016 Year 8 pupils competed, again for the first time at Mount Kelly, in the national Institute of Engineering and Technology sponsorered scheme, the ‘Faraday’ challenge. In this challenge, pupils again worked in teams to design, problem solve and programme 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.