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Lytchett Students’ Prize-Winning Designs

Students from Lytchett Minster School were recipients of the prestigious Dorset ASSET and Valter prizes this year. In a presentation ceremony on Tuesday, 27 August, prize trust chairman Peter Taylor awarded Samuel Lightfoot, Amelia Axford, Eleanor Hind and Rhiannon Weaver with their respective prizes, and presented the Cockbaine Shield to the Headmaster, Andrew Mead, in recognition of the school’s outstanding achievement.

The Valter Prize was awarded to Samuel Lightfoot for his upcycled table, constructed from reclaimed material including part of a helicopter’s rotor arm, an iron cartwheel rim, timber and bolts. The judges were particularly impressed by the high quality of the construction and the finish achieved.

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers‘ award went to Amelia Axford for her rotating carousel for a textile designer, incorporating a well-constructed ball race bearing and exhibiting some excellent carpentry. Amelia also received a highly commended textile award for her Indian outfit and scarves.

Eleanor Hind and Rhiannon Weaver also received highly commended textile awards – Eleanor for her costumes and orchid dress, and Rhiannon for her Indian-themed floral costume.

Howard Richings, Purbeck Area Manager for Dorset ASSET, said, “It is great to see such a high standard of design and production from these young people. Lytchett Minster School has much to be proud of and it is to be hoped that these successes will inspire others to follow courses of study that will lead them into fulfilling careers in engineering and design. Our futures, and those of our children, will depend on the skill and innovation of those currently studying in our schools and universities.”

Headmaster Andrew Mead commented, “Design and Technology continues to be one of the great strengths of the school and retains a pivotal place in our curriculum. We have excellent facilities and extremely capable and committed staff. The numbers of students opting to pursue studies in Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles and STEM subjects at Lytchett continues to rise. We are very grateful to the Dorset ASSET Trust for recognising and rewarding our highly talented students for their achievements and for awarding the school the prestigious Cockbaine Shield.”

Having successfully completed their A levels, Samuel Lightfoot is going to undertake an apprenticeship in engineering at Babcock International, and Amelia Axford is planning to take a year out and then study textile design at Leeds University. Andrew Mead continued, “It is great to see how these young people have discovered and developed their talents and made the most of the opportunities offered to them at Lytchett. They have very exciting futures ahead of them: we wish them every success as they move on to the next stage in their studies.”