Students have designs on career success

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PUPILS from Blyth have been working with a construction company to create a new-look 21st century police station.

Chloe Warnes, Alex Dodds, Elissa Foster, Chelsea Gardner and Sarah Griffiths, from Bede Academy, came up with the winning designs after a visit from Willmott Dixon who spoke to the whole of Year 7 during one of their Technical Intelligence lectures.

The company, which runs a community partnership programme and is working closely with the community liaison team from Northumbria Police, is looking to inspire the youngsters to pursue careers in design and construction.

Willmott Dixon’s construction manager, David Dixon, went to Bede Academy, which has engineering and enterprise specialisms, to tell students more about the different types of jobs they can do in the construction industry.

He also challenged the students to come up with a winning design for Forth Banks police station, which they are constructing in Newcastle.

The students created graphic and 3D model designs, which were judged by the Willmott Dixon team.

The 12 students whose designs were shortlisted then enjoyed a tour of the police station before the five winners were selected.

Mr Dixon said: “We are committed to working with local schools to help inspire young people to think more about construction when they leave school.

“We have been very impressed with the creativity and resourcefulness the children have shown in coming up with some really innovative ideas within the curriculum.

“It’s been great to see the enthusiasm with which they’ve approached the challenge and have provided a real insight into how inventive young minds can really be.”

Bede Academy’s assistant vice principal, Alan Corner, said: “The students have embraced the challenge and spent a lot of time and effort in coming up with some terrific designs.

“They’ve really taken the initiative and the project has inspired some fantastic results.”

Inspector Dave Harris, who helped to judge the winning designs, added: “The pupils are a credit to young people of their age and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”