Pole position for Porthcawl Primary! by Emily Wood

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Education

On Wednesday, July 6, a team of representatives from Porthcawl Primary School made the long journey to Coventry to compete in the national finals of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

They fought off tough competition to win the title of 2016 national champions.

The team named Porthcawl Power, made up of six students aged 10 and 11 years, reached the final following a rigorous selection process during the regional heats, which were held in Swansea earlier this year.

They qualified after having the fastest car in the regional finals, which reached a speed of 85mph.

In the national finals, held at the Ricoh Arena, the team competed against 24 other schools from around the UK to become Jaguar Primary School Challenge UK National Champions.

Porthcawl Power had to successfully complete five stages of judging which were overseen by experts from the automotive industry.

Headteacher, Andrew Wood, has said he was very pleased that the school had been recognised nationally and congratulated the pupils on their hard work and outstanding achievement.

He said he was extremely grateful for the support received from parents and the business community, and that the pupils are not only a credit to the school but also to Porthcawl and Wales.

The F1 in Schools competition is sponsored by Jaguar Cars, who have been a supporter of it since its launch in 2000.

Jaguar Land Rover’s head of community relations, Les Ratcliffe, has said that “encouraging the next generation of engineers is something Jaguar is extremely dedicated to,” as it encourages the development of key skills and engineering processes, meaning that “the future of engineering is bright.” 

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