Students' wishes granted in national competition

Chipping Norton School students who came up with the 'Lock and Learn' initiative.

Chipping Norton School students who came up with the 'Lock and Learn' initiative.

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CHIPPING Norton School's wishes have been granted after winning the final of a national competition to come up with ideas to improve their school.

The School We’d Like competition, organised by insurer Zurich Municipal and The Guardian Teacher Network, invites students and teachers to develop an idea that would improve the quality of life for their school community.

The national final took place at the head offices of The Guardian newspaper on Saturday and students Edward Baker, Abigail Hollis and Tazu Walden came first in the Secondary School category with their 'Lock and Learn' initiative.

Their idea, of making maths lessons more engaging by installing laser guns and a target range that displays answers to maths puzzles, won the school £5,000 to make it into a reality.

The school won four rounds to make it into the final in its category after being whittled down from 300 entries.

Headteacher Simon Duffy said they were delighted with the prize.

"The whole process was wonderfully educational," he said. "Students being creative, students working collaboratively and students coming up with risky ideas.

"To take part has been great. To win is magnificent and the students richly deserve it".

Paul Tombs, Head of Education at Zurich Municipal, said: “We have been especially impressed by the quality of entries received this year, but the ideas presented by Chipping Norton School stood apart from the rest.

"It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into their submission and the team from Chipping Norton School should be particularly proud with their entry in capturing the imagination of the judging panel."

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