MIDHURST Rother College saw off competition from 600 other schools to win The Young Engineers School of the Year Award.
The college received the impressive accolade from the Young Engineers charity, which also recognises institutions promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
It was determination and exceptional technical and communication skills that took Sam Hadnett, Year 9, Margot Mason, Year 10, Rory Williams, Year 10 and William Keohane, Year 12, to first place on the winners’ podium.
Over the course of two days at the The Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham, the team faced a grilling from a panel of judges.
Leader of art, design and technology, Mr Scott Atkinson, said: “Reaching the final was a fantastic tribute to the college, but accolades must go to our team of students whose performance and commitment throughout the project build-up was outstanding. The result speaks for itself - the presentation skills, depth of knowledge, professionalism and confidence shown by Margot, Rory, Sam and William were exceptional and, biased though I am, head and shoulders above the competition.”
Margot said: “The scariest bit was the waiting once our interviews and demonstrations were over, but as for the event itself, it was very exciting.
“We have worked hard together on this project, supported by teachers and fellow students making sure we knew our stuff.”
Students received a trophy and a £1,000 cheque towards college technology funds.