Creative designs impress at Stowmarket High School exhibition

Stowmarket High School exhibition to showcase A level and GSCE students' work, pictured with Dave Lee Allan, headteacher, Jim Bannister, Head of Design, and Jim Hawkins, Head of Construction. ANL-150705-074523009
Stowmarket High School exhibition to showcase A level and GSCE students' work, pictured with Dave Lee Allan, headteacher, Jim Bannister, Head of Design, and Jim Hawkins, Head of Construction. ANL-150705-074523009
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Innovation and originality were on display at an exhibition in a Stowmarket school this week, showcasing the designing talent of its students.

The A-level Product Design Exhibition at Stowmarket High School took place this week, with more than 100 entries from AS, A2 and GCSE students.

Works were up on display for the scrutiny of a judging panel, including representatives from Bennett Homes, Vinci Plc, TMJ Interiors, Stitch x Stitch and Concertos Design.

A number of prizes, given by the judging firms, were also up for grabs for the students, studying a range of design courses from textiles to construction.

James Bannister, head of design and technology, said: “The show gives the Design students a massive lift and it is a real chance to showcase their efforts after what is always a strenuous year.

“I’m always astonished by the quality of work which the students produce.

“The Design Exhibition is a shining example of what a combination of dedication, creativity, resourcefulness and hard work can produce.

“I am very proud of my students, staff and sponsors and look forward to the awards presentation before embarking on the path to 2015.”

Mr Bannister said the past two years had seen the design courses at the school, in Onehouse Road, rank in the country’s top 10 per cent.

Standout designs this year include a records storage unit and matching turntable, designed by Year 13 student Harry Hogg.

“I’m a prospective interior design student, immensely interested in all things retro,” he said.

“I implemented my interest into my project. Overall I’m highly pleased with how it has turned out, as it’s incredibly aesthetically pleasing and exceedingly practical!

“My experience with design this year has been thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m delighted to see the annual exhibition come together in such a successful manner once again.”

Mr Bannister said: “Students have gone on to all sorts of successful ventures in aaeronautical engineering, architecture, project management and even designing furniture for Simon Cowell.”

“As a department we are lucky to have a fully committed and highly qualified staff to ensure that the students are mentored in a way that leads to this outstanding work.”