Design Technology news: QE Boys set the benchmark

QE’s GCSE students have been highly commended by the moderators from examination board OCR for the impeccable standard of their coursework folders and their attention to detail on their practical work.

The Resistant Materials Chief Examiner said: “It’s a pleasure to save the best to last and QE’s [students] always provide me with a benchmark standard as to what other schools should aspire to.”

QE pupils Priyesh Patel and Sam Catchpole-Smith have both been offered final interviews to secure a place on the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship scheme. This entitles students to a financial subsidy to help towards their academic studies and, more importantly, close working connections with cutting-edge engineering firms. The Arkwright Scholarship is recognised as the flagship accomplishment pupils can achieve at Key Stage 4.

  • Four pupils in Year 12 selected to be involved in the Engineering Education Scheme have received the British Science Association’s CREST award and have made good progress in their work with local company Lovell. Jack Evans, Andrew Kettenis, Ibiyemi Ogunyemi and Rikesh Poonja had to design an energy system based on a hydrogen fuel cell that could be incorporated into new property developments to power heating and lighting in a more sustainable way. After a three-day workshop at the University of Hertfordshire, the team was praised for its presentation and the clarity of its final proposal.