School misses out on £10,000

Staff and pupils from Stour Valley Community School receiving their runners-up award. ANL-150522-150319001
Staff and pupils from Stour Valley Community School receiving their runners-up award. ANL-150522-150319001
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A school has missed out on a £10,000 award, finishing as runner up in a national competiton for innovation.

Stour Valley Community School was one of six secondary schools from across the country to be shortlisted in the 2015 Randstad Education Awards which sought the best ideas for raising standards in the classroom.

Stour Valley’s idea of a computer lab narrowly missed out to Kelvin Hall School from Hull.

The finals ceremony, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham proved an exciting event for the two pupils and two staff members that attended, with a three-course lunch, in Oscar style surroundings.

Each school had a film presentation shown for its idea. Stour Valley’s plan was to turn its existing computer suite into a double-sized computer lab for students to explore computer technology.

The lab would allow students to build computers from scratch, using reusable technologies and build an adaptable stand-alone networks themselves, learning electronics and cabling skills.

Assistant headteacher Laura Reynolds said: “We were over the moon to be one of the six finalists out of over 160 national entrants.

“We are very proud of our finalist’s trophy which will now be displayed in the school’s reception. 

“Staff and students remain fully committed to investigating other opportunities to help make their project idea a reality.”