MP Visits Beacon

28 Jun 2019   |   Beacon Academy

Martin Vickers MP, who represents Cleethorpes, met students from the Engineering and Performing Arts departments after impressive performances in nationwide competitions.

The national final of RAF-backed Race for the Line, in which students build and race rocket-powered cars, will feature two teams from the same school for the first time after both Beacon’s entries won places. Its Performing Arts students will take part in the northern finals of the Global Rock Challenge after their eight-minute dance and drama piece was given the judges’ nod in the regional final.

Mr Vickers was impressed with their efforts. “Congratulations to you all,” he said. “It’s great to hear of your successes in such contrasting competitions. You’ve all shown a lot of commitment, dedication and talent to get as far as you have and I wish you all the best in your respective finals. I hope I’m coming back to celebrate a national win!”

In the Race for the Line regional final held at RAF Waddington, polystyrene models, designed and made by the two Year 7 teams, travelled at speeds of around 80 miles per hour. They came second and third, with the top three going through to the national final at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, near Cambridge.

The third-placed team’s car reached 77.9mph while the second placed team’s model topped 86.1mph down the straight track. It was pipped to first place by just 0.4mph.

Headteacher Jason Thurley thanked Mr Vickers for the visit. “I’m delighted our local MP has found the time to come in and recognise the students’ achievements,” he said. In the Global Rock Challenge entry, 70 students are involved, on and off stage. They and staff spend a lot of their own time making sure all goes well on the day. We love giving our students these opportunities to excel. It develops them as people and gives them skills employers look for, such as communication and teamwork.”

Mr Vickers said the competitions also gave students a broader perspective, meeting young people from across the country. “It’s good to engender that competitive spirit,” he said. “Life is competitive and these opportunities being given by Beacon Academy instil confidence and ambition.”

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