Oundle School pupil Henry Chen (16) has won second prize in the National
Design Museum 14-19 awards. The brief was ‘Surprise’
which involved designing an external structure outside the Design Museum which
would provide a meeting point for passers-by.
250 young designers from all over the country entered the competition in
their free time, demonstrating passion and commitment for design. Henry’s mature
presentation of an illuminating seating system impressed the judges at the
awards ceremony in London. Not only did his concept show elegance and
ingenuity, but he had considered the sustainability of the design by proposing
use of a hybrid nanomaterial to convert heat energy from the person sitting on
the chair into light energy.
As part of the awards ceremony, Henry was able to take part in a
workshop with one of the Museum’s current Designers in Residence and have a
guided tour of the Museum.
Design and Technology teacher, Becca Lowndes commented, “Henry has an extraordinary talent for sketching and is proving to be extremely
driven in his ambition to become an automotive designer. The morning at the
Design Museum gave Henry the chance to work with some of the country's most
promising young designers. His enthusiasm and knowledge made him stand out as
one to watch. “
Henry with his
design sketches in Oundle's Design and Technology Patrick Centre.
competitive judging process included senior representatives from the Design
Museum, Creative and Cultural Skills, Shape Arts and the
Museum’s Designer in Residence, architect James Christian.
Henry commented, "It was a
pleasure to attend the celebration event held by the Design Museum and I
enjoyed every part of it. Our talent in design was recognised and we were
encouraged to be imaginative and creative.
The reason I chose my particular design
was not only because it runs on sustainable energy, but I also like the idea
that chairs and tables don't need to look like the way they are stereotypically
designed; their shapes could be unusual, in this case, cubes and pyramids lying
sideways, which matches with the theme ‘Surprise’.
My ambition is to work in automotive
industries. For A level I have chosen Art, DT, Physics, Maths and Further Maths
and want to pursue my interests in engineering.”
For further details about the competition visit:
About Oundle School’s new SciTec Campus linking STEM subjects
Since the days of the celebrated Headmaster F. W. Sanderson,
arguably the greatest educationalist of his age, Oundle has been recognised as one of the foremost
schools for Science and Engineering in the country. In 2007, SciTec, a major
and ground-breaking new science complex, opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art
laboratories. Oundle is now undertaking a large SciTec Campus development
project which will see a new Mathematics department built adjacent to
SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department
within the Patrick Engineering Centre.
Due for completion by September 2016, this development
will position Oundle at the heart of applying science and embrace developments
in new fields such as nanotechnology and mechatronics. It will enable
pupils to move
seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of
a workable technology. All STEM
disciplines will be united both philosophically and physically, enabling pupils
to understand fully how all the different stages interact.
The current Patrick Centre will be extended
and exhaustively refurbished, re-launching as the Patrick Engineering Centre.
The current ‘large projects’ space for which Oundle is famous will be retained
but relocated, and a design laboratory for prototyping and design work will be
created, acoustically segregated from the practical facilities. A ‘clean
laboratory’ will be provided adjacent to the design laboratory, enabling
high-tech processes such as 3D printing and robotics to be deployed. In
addition to the large projects space, there will be four open-plan workshop
bays that will enable pupils to be taught in small groups whilst sharing fixed
machinery, as well as two new dedicated classrooms for design and theory that
will be easily accessible from the workshops.
The new Mathematics department will form the
major part of an extension to the current SciTec building, which was envisaged
as a future development of the original design. It will thereby complete the
original architectural aspiration of a grand entrance to the whole SciTec
Campus. An internal quadrangle will be created, giving equal status to all
disciplines as well as a proper regard to the newly-refurbished Adamson Centre
opposite, encouraging an interplay between Modern Languages and SciTec.
The extension will also provide two new
science project rooms adjacent to the current Biology and Chemistry
laboratories, enabling experiments and projects to be carried out over a longer
time-frame than is currently possible. This will bring particular benefits for
pupils working on Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs).
The School offers two Scholarships for Design and
Technology, one at 13+ and one at 16+. Entry forms and further details are
available on the admissions section of the School website: www.oundleschool.org.uk.
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still
renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science
complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now
embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well
as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the
Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the
development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.