The Rolls-Royce of awards

A MORPETH school received more than a silver lining after setting up a new group.

King Edward VI School has been shortlisted for the Rolls-Royce Science Prize after establishing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Club involving Year 9 students and Year 7 pupils from partnership middle schools Newminster and Chantry.

In six sessions lasting two hours each, they investigated products containing silver which kill bacteria such as bandages and sprays.

The school has been awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award for being shortlisted.

KEVI teacher Louise Maule said: “The pupils have all been very enthusiastic, come up with some excellent projects and really developed their practical scientific skills.

“The club gave them the opportunity to do things that they wouldn’t have the time to do in normal lessons.”

If it is one of nine national finalists, a further £5,000 will be awarded.

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is part of the company’s on-going drive to promote science and engineering in schools and there are more than 2,000 entries each year.

Its Head of Community Investment Helen Bishop said: “King Edward VI School has risen to the challenge of the prize and it has put forward an excellent proposal.”