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Friday, 31 October 2014

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BAE Systems Barrow Top of the Form competition

FURNESS Academy once again proved itself the dominant force in an annual academic contest as it clinched a fourth consecutive win.

The brainy team from the Barrow secondary fought off a spirited challenge from Walney School in the Top of the Form final to win 525 points to 470.

Two of the talented teenagers – Year 11 students, Robbie Simpson and Rebecca Cornick – were also in last year’s winning Academy team. They were joined by two pupils from Year 10, Brandon Wilson and Emma Griffiths.

Eight schools originally entered the competition, which culminated on Monday in a packed Coronation Hall in Ulverston.

Graduates, industrial placements and trainees from BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines organised the quiz which has a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Claire Campbell, the science teacher from Furness Academy who accompanied and supported the team, said: “I am overwhelmed at how well our students have done again this year.

“The students have learnt that practice and preparation produces results. They attended practice sessions before the event and worked well as a team during crucial parts of the competition.

“I would like to say a massive congratulations to the team and thank you to all staff and students who came along to support them.”

Des Herlihy, executive principal of Furness Academy, said: “I am delighted with this outstanding achievement by our students.

“Congratulations also to the Walney School team who were extremely competitive. There are some highly intelligent young people in Barrow. The fact that the two teams were from Barrow schools is very good for the town.”

Rob Ritchie, head of the engineering function at BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, said: “This competition aims to make young people realise how fun subjects like science, maths, technology and engineering can be. Being able to see the amount of talent in the room was fantastic.

“This year’s teams have so much potential. We hope that they will be inspired to pursue STEM-related careers – and hopefully become the next generation of BAE Systems employees.”

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