High- tech and high- speed students from the Arthur Terry School have had a very welcome boost in their quest to become leading engineers and racing drivers following the generous support of The Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield Vesey.
Students have recently started their third season racing an electric single- seat racing car, having spent the winter analysing data, designing improvements and testing their creations in readiness for the 2016 Greenpower Formula 24 season.
Physics teacher, Dean Batty, said:
This project truly changes the lives of the students involved. We have already had one student go on to gain an apprenticeship with a major automotive employer, and many of our current team are already looking to pursue careers within engineering. On top of that, we have been the pilot school in a new AQA Greenpower qualification.”
The Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield Vesey (pictured at the start of the story, with Arthur Terry headteacher, Neil Warner) stepped in to the rescue, with a very generous donation of £500. A sum which will cover the costs of an entire race season, allowing more students to experience the thrill of racing the car, they built, on prestigious race circuits all over the country during the season between May and October. In the 2015 season, the team finished sixth place out of 105 nationally who started the season in their category. With the winter improvements now on board they are aspiring to do even better in 2016.
At the presentation made at Aston Wood Golf Club the Sutton Coldfield Vesey President, Steve Martin, said:
I am delighted to be able to make this presentation. It represents the club’s emphasis on donating to very deserving ‘local’ projects, and in this instance for the particular encouragement it provides in raising special skills amongst young people at a well- known local school.”
The high- tech students recently attended the Rockingham Race Circuit for a day’s testing and are now busy preparing the car for the first official race of the season at the end of June. With the financial backing they have received from Rotary the team now expect to pull ahead of their rival teams.