Worthing school wins national prize

Worthing High School has won a national prize after taking such a big part in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, beating 1,400 other schools.

Head teacher Pan Panayiotou paid tribute to his STEM teachers and students after hearing the school had the highest number of entrants to The Big Quiz 2020, resulting in a £1,000 voucher for equipment.

Mr Panayiotou said: “For Worthing High School to win the prize for most entries, from over 28,500 entries, is a huge achievement and testament to all of the hard work from all of our STEM teachers.

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“In particular, I would like to thank Miss La, STEM lead in maths, the maths team and design technology team for promoting the quiz. Obviously, I would also like to congratulate all of our amazing students and their fantastic STEM efforts.

Pan Panayiotou, head teacher at Worthing High School. Photo by Derek Martin DM1711926a

“Our teachers’ enthusiasm and drive have helped to promote STEM throughout the whole school. We hope this quiz will encourage every child at every level to see the exciting opportunities and careers in engineering and STEM.

“As a technology teacher myself, I know the importance of setting goals and aspirations to our students and if we can stimulate a real passion and interest in engineering, we will help to provide a future full of wonder and real life enhancing applications that will benefit everyone in society.”

The fun 30-minute quiz introduced students aged 11 to 16 to a career in engineering and helped developed their engineering knowledge. More than 28,500 entries were received from 1,400 schools across the UK.

Worthing High faced stiff competition from Winterbourne Academy in Bristol and Hanley Castle High School in Worcester for the prize for most entrants.

Bathgate Academy in West Lothian had the highest average, with Waldegrave School for Girls in Twickenham and Farr High School in Thurso as runners up.

The quiz was part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, now in its eighth year.

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive of EngineeringUK, said: “Young people across the UK have embraced our fun and interactive quiz to explore engineering careers and celebrate Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

“As well as congratulating the winners, we would like to thank the thousands of young people who took part, and their parents, teachers and careers advisers for encouraging them to do so.

“Let’s build on Tomorrow’s Engineers week to ensure that all young people get the support they need to be inspired by and understand more about the thousands of future engineering roles in infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects to upgrade our hospitals, schools and road network, make public buildings greener and help the UK meet its aspirations of achieving Net Zero by 2050.”

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