Pupils from Bury St Edmunds secondary school travel to Far East for science work

County Upper School pupils represent the UK in Shanghai for the CoSpace World Chamionships ANL-150921-112654001
County Upper School pupils represent the UK in Shanghai for the CoSpace World Chamionships ANL-150921-112654001
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Pupils from West Suffolk were shining ambassadors for the UK when they show-cased and developed their scientific skills during trips to the Far East.

The ventures by County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, saw three students travel to Kyoto University to represent the UK on an Anglo-Japanese Science residential organised by The Clifton Trust.

County Upper students visit Kyoto University in Japan ANL-150921-112706001

County Upper students visit Kyoto University in Japan ANL-150921-112706001

The trio - Suzie Lane, Doug Sands and Luke Parnell - worked with Japanese students and research professors at the university on cutting-edge research.

At the same time, six students journeyed to Shanghai, in China to represent the UK in the CoSpace World Chamionships.

With an individual and team challenge, the competition focused on computer programming and robotics skills.

Despite being the youngest in their age range, Alex Fayers came second in the individual programming challenge.

County Upper students visit Kyoto University ANL-150921-112718001

County Upper students visit Kyoto University ANL-150921-112718001

Meanwhile, the team got further than any previous British team and finished fourth overall.

Alex’s team-mates were Sophie Aris, Trevor Cheek, George Cremen-Merrill, Alex Shingleton and Bryony Smith.

Vicky Neale, headteacher at County Upper School, in Beeton’s Way, said: “I’m incredibly proud of both groups of students and very grateful to the staff who gave up part of their holiday in this way to enable our students to have such fantastic opportunities and experiences.”

Microsoft gave a significant donation for the China trip, but the school is still looking for funding towards it.

Anyone who can help can contact Mrs Neale on 01284 754857.