Students from Year’s 9 & 10 are taking part in a city-wide challenge funded by local ceramic businesses keen to promote the industry to the wider world.
Ben Cooper of The Inspirational Learning Group has been delivering workshops after school and has been joined by other representatives of local businesses. The students are taking part in 3 challenges:
To design a tea service for Royal Crown Derby
To design a fragrance bottle for Wade
To promote the ceramics industry as a whole
The students have been divided into smaller groups, each group tackling a different challenge. Each group will then represent the academy at the Victoria Hall on March 20th, with all teams presenting their ideas on stage to a large audience, including industry experts.
In addition students attended a factory tour of Steelite International on Tuesday 11th December where as well as visiting the factory shop they were also given a guided tour of the main production facility. Some students were able to have a go at making plates and a number also decorated some items.