Primary Engineering Celebration Day


Our partner primary schools have been kept busy this year undertaking an engineering challenge set by the Design and Technology department. Each competing school were provided with a starter kit which contained materials required to undertake the challenge. The materials were kindly provided by the South Shropshire Engineering Ambassadors who have been providing further support within school to those undertaking the challenge. The ambassadors have also been heavily involved in delivery of the challenge in schools and the celebration day which took place this term. The celebration day included workshops ran by Mouchel, local civil engineers who look after Shropshire roads.

The challenge was to design, develop and build a machine which features pneumatic based moving parts. The machine must be designed to help the construction industry in some way. The aim of the programme is that boys and girls, from an early age, will aspire to become designers and makers – the engineers of the future.


A celebration day was held in June to showcase the work the pupils had produced with each school competing against each other to determine an overall winner. Primary schools from Bishops Castle, Berriew, Bucknell, Clunbury, Hope, Lydbury North, Onny, Norbury and St Georges Clun all took part in the challenges.

All the schools involved had done a fantastic job when under taking the challenge and did equally well when completing the engineering challenges during the celebration day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the challenge and all the pupils who took part.

Mr McMahon

Design & Technology


Reality Is Not What It Seems


Four aspiring physicists from the Community College visited the Hay Literary Festival on 1 June to be inspired by 'the physicist transforming how we see the universe', according to the Financial Times.  The four students; Max Ellis, Jack Finn, Charlie Kinsey and Taliesin Lund, heard Carlo Rovelli talk about the nature of quantum gravity - the current most popular explanation of gravity that it is made of discrete granular quantities.  The talk took place only an hour after NASA announced that it had witnessed the aftermath of two black holes colliding, adding further evidence to Rovelli's claim. Rovelli also explained how astronomers are engaged in searching for black holes with a diameter of only 1mm in deep space, yet with the mass of the Moon that are due to explode now!  The boys are all triple scientists, leaving the college this summer to take Physics A-level.  The next generation of Rovellis perhaps - good luck!

Btec Engineering visit to Shrewsbury College Engineering Centre



In preparation for their studies next year, students in Year 9 who will be going on to study Btec Engineering were invited to visit Shrewsbury College for the launch of their refurbished Engineering and Automotive Centre. The aim of the visit was to give students an insight into the type of work they will undertake as part of their Engineering course and allow them to consider future education options available to them in the coming years.

The session included activities in welding and virtual welding, robotics, machining metals and 3D printing. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to access activities relating to both engineering and careers, developing their skills and knowledge to allow them to succeed in their futures.

I would like to thank Shrewsbury College for providing the opportunity to utilise their state of the art facilities and hope that the experience has inspired our budding engineers.

Mr McMahon




Community College Rocketeers Win Regional Final



A team of three students from the Community College, Bishop's Castle won the West Midlands Regional Final of the "Race for the Line" Bloodhound Land Speed Record Challenge. Charlie Banford, Alfie Booker and Jack Smith (all aged 14) designed and built the fastest rocket powered car at RAF Cosford, beating around 30 teams from across the region. At the same event Norbury Primary School took third place for the primaries category. The competition is run by the Bloodhound Land Speed Record attempt which is producing a car designed to go faster than 1000mph next year. These winning rocketeers from Shropshire will have their team names written on the tail fin of the record breaking car. The three boys are very excited about representing their college and their region at the finals in June. The first prize in the national competition will be to go to South Africa to watch the Bloodhound land speed record attempt next summer.

This initiative is designed to enthuse and engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), due to a national shortage of skills in these areas, particularly in engineering. The Community College is introducing Engineering GCSE and has developed links with engineering and STEM based organisations across the region in order to raise students' aspirations and careers awareness.