Lewes students are national champions


Those bright sparks at Priory School, Lewes, have become national champions – and won £1,000 for their school in the process.

The six-strong team team triumphed in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Days competition.

Schools from across the UK were tasked with solving a communications problem through the use of engineering and technology.

Teams had to develop a solution that would allow communication between two isolated towns affected by a natural disaster.

Not only did the teams have to design and build a prototype allowing two-way communication of coded messages between the two towns, they also had to create a code using sound and light that would allow for messages to be sent from one town and received and responded to by another.

Keira Sewell, Challenge Leader and Judge, said: “The Faraday Challenge Final was a really great event, with three young teams showing some very impressive skill and imagination.

“Priory School impressed us with their confidence, their innovative ideas and their ability to execute those ideas. Congratulations to all the teams involved, throughout a very enjoyable year culminating in a fantastic final!”

Priory School science teacher Tania Schrafft: “The team did really well to get to the final, and then win the grand prize.

“I believe they won because their idea was innovative and presented very well to the judges. The boys were very confident talking about their idea and I think that really paid off.”

The all-conquering students were Sam Yeomans, Tom Clark, Adam Lansley, Archie Wise, Charlie Dwyer and William Oliviero.

The two other teams in the final were Beaumont School, from St Albans, and St Aidan’s C of E High School. in Harrogate. The team from S. Aidan’s, who came second, went away with £500, while the third placed team from St Albans received £250.

The final was staged in London on Friday and ahead of the big test the Priory lads enjoyed an all-expenses paid two-day trip to the capital, staying in a four star hotel, taking a Duck tour of London and being treated to a meal out in Covent Garden.