Students Engineer Future

Six students from Albany Academy enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience as they enjoyed a three-day engineering residential at Manchester University. This experience was to mark 50 years of the SmallPeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust are a small Charity which provides short residential courses in science, technology and engineering subjects to year 9 -12 students and promotes careers in engineering.

The six students were able to work with the major players in British engineering, including, Jaguar Land Rover, Transport For London, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Cyber Security Challenge UK. The students worked on various engineering projects designed to test their knowledge in this area but also to enable them to see the wealth of careers that can be had in this field.

Young people from across the North West descended onto this event and the Albany students were chosen after performing so well at previous Smallpeice Trust events held within school. Projects that the students worked on included building a prototype car for Jaguar.

During the evenings all who attended the event were treated to a wide variety of entertainment including swimming, discos and outside games. Year 9 student Vinaya Kerai said, “I really enjoyed the 3 days. I found it really interesting and particularly enjoyed working with Jaguar Land Rover. I am now excited about following a career in mechanical engineering.”

Head of the Technology Faculty at Albany Academy, Mrs Noble, said, “This was a fabulous opportunity for our students to work with students from around the country and compete in a range of technological challenges. The girls gained an insight into University life and came back with lots of tales about their experiences.”