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A group of 6 sixth form students spent two days at Loughborough University Engineering Department as part of the Engineering in Education Scheme. They are working with a local firm, FMA Process Engineering Ltd, to design a way of accessing restricted areas of a security system as part of a manufacturing process.
The team split into two groups, one of which worked on modelling a process on Scada software whilst the other group focused on the coding behind the log in system. Over the two days the six students, Jamie, Matt, Zach, Casey, Tom and Tom felt they made a lot of progress. “It was good to see what we had planned come to life” said Tom. “We also learnt valuable skills in coding” commented Tom.
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The year 8 team travelled to Church Stretton School in Shrewsbury for a game in the last 32 of the National Small Schools cup on Wednesday, with hopes of a cup final appearance in Reading getting closer to reality. The game started extremely well for us, with McCallion rounding the keeper to score after just 1 minute! After that, Church Stretton responded, attacking with speed. They equalised rather luckily after 15 minutes after a cross wasn’t cleared and the ball was bundled in. Church Stretton then made it 2-1 just 5 minutes later, with a clinical finish into the bottom corner. We continued to fight, with their keeper pulling off a great save from Burnside to deny an equaliser. With 2 minutes until half time, the referee awarded Church Stretton a slightly debatable penalty, however Walton in goal pulled off a great save to keep the score at 2-1 at half time.
The second half proved difficult playing up a hill on what was a big pitch. Church Stretton continued to attack but we stood strong, however we didn’t mount any attacks ourselves. Eventually the pressure tolled, as a
deflected shot crept into the bottom corner halfway through the 2nd half. As we tried to push to get a goal back, gaps opened up and Church Stretton extended their lead through two penalties. Unfortunately, we
crumbled in the last 5 minutes, with the score ending up 8-1 to Church Stretton.
Unfortunately we were beaten by the better team, who deserved to go through, but the boys have done
brilliantly to get this far into the competition, beating some very good schools to get to the last 32.
As part of the A Level course students in year 13 study Urban Regeneration. In order to see this in action A Level Geographers visited Birmingham City Centre. The afternoon was spent looking at elements of the Big City Plan. ‘This is the most ambitious, far-reaching development project undertaken in the UK. The aim is to create a world class city centre by planning for the next 20 years of transformation.’ Students first saw New Street Station, The £600 million Gateway scheme, then visited The Library of Birmingham. They admired the impressive £188 million City Council investment creating one of the largest libraries in Europe. ‘Seeing the library finished was really interesting especially after seeing it on the news and learning about as part of the redevelopment of the city centre’. It was then onto Brindley Place and a walk down the canal to compare the physical state of the environment with Ladywood. This allowed students to see the typical inner city features and how the regeneration had impacted the surrounding area. The final stop was the German Market, looking at rebranding; the aim to attract people back to the city and how successful it had been. It was a fantastic afternoon and a great opportunity for year 13s to see regeneration in practice, right on our doorstep.
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