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UCEA named Team of the Year 2018 at Cheshire School Awards! - 20/06/2018

Year 10 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students at University Church of England Academy (UCEA) are celebrating after being declared Team of The Year at the prestigious Cheshire School Awards. 

On Tuesday June 19, finalists across four separate categories represented the Academy at the awards, which were held at the Queen Hotel in Chester. The Cheshire Schools Awards, sponsored by Trinity Mirror and Excell Supply, are presented to acknowledge the outstanding achievements within schools across Cheshire. Both primary and secondary schools come together in celebration, sharing their success stories and achievements. 

UCEA was proud to make the finals in four categories this year: Team of the Year; Support Staff of the Year; Secondary School of the Year and School in the Community. Presenter Dianne Oxley, from BBC North West Tonight, hosted an exciting and uplifting presentation, celebrating the hard work and dedication of schools across the county and the important role teachers play. Students from the Academy cheered on their neighbouring schools and fellow nominees as the winners were revealed. 

Despite extremely stiff competition in each category, the highlight of the event for the Academy was David Bolam’s STEM Team winning the Team of the Year Award for 2018. 

The team of Year 10 STEM students have been working closely with University of Chester academics at Thornton Science Park. The goal was to design, build and race a green powered car as part of a competition hosted by Greenpower Education Trust. Later in the year, they will then have the opportunity to race it against other cars from schools all around the country, on a real racetrack. 

The group has visited the Mechanical Engineering workshops at Thornton once a month, and has made significant progress since the project began in January. The team has been developing the car to make it as efficient as possible, to meet the challenge of ensuring it has the longest endurance. 

Angela Lupton, HE STEM Coordinator at the University of Chester, said: “This is excellent news for the school and for the University team supporting them at Thornton Science Park. It’s great to see the students using their science and engineering skills and I’m pleased that their team work in creating this alternative energy motor has been rewarded.” 

David Bolam, a Teacher of Technology and Engineering at UCEA, added: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to receive this award on behalf of our Year 10 STEM Green-Power Car Challenge Team, led so ably by students Jamie Cavanagh and Marcel Kurcharski. The award is for Best Team or Class in Cheshire and I want to highlight that this was a team effort. Without the full cooperation of all 10 boys, and the support of Mr Ian Dykes, this would not have been possible. In addition, the support from Angela Lupton, Bobby Manesh and their team from the University of Chester, based at Thornton Science Park, has been unwavering. Without their help, expert knowledge and sponsorship this project would not have been possible. I am proud of the team who have come together over the many months and worked so hard to be the best. I feel privileged to be part of the team and although we are proud of the work done so far and of course very pleased to receive this recognition; we feel this is just a start of our journey, as from September we will start racing the car!”