F1 in Schools

Denbigh High School Celebrates F1 in Schools Success

Students at Denbigh High School have won both sections of the F1 in Schools North Wales Regional Final to progress to the National Finals in Rotherham in March.  This is hot on the heels of Denbigh High’s Team Epoch who became F1 in Schools Welsh Champions last year and who will compete in the World Championships later this year.

Over 30 teams competed in the secondary schools North Wales Regional Final on Thursday 1 February.  Denbigh High School were also the hosts of the event, organised by EESW Stem Cymru on behalf of F1 in Schools UK, which saw around 30 primary school teams compete the previous day.

On the day, learners in the four Denbigh High teams presented their pit displays, gave verbal presentations, had their F1 cars scrutineered and then raced their cars to see which was fastest.  

Mr Gareth Jones, Head of Design and Technology at the school said “the standard from all the schools this year was incredibly high.  We are so proud of the hard work, time and focus that all the teams put into the competition and their efforts really paid off”.

Team Elan have become North Wales Regional Champions, Professional Class and also won the prize for Best Engineered Car.

Team Viperia are North Wales Regional Champions, Development Class and they also won the prize for Best Engineered Car.

Both these teams will compete again in the National Championships in March with Team Elan having the chance to make the prestigious World Finals.

Team Synthesis were also successful on the day, winning the prizes for Best Team Identity and Fastest Reaction Time.

Last academic year, Team Epoch, comprising three Sixth Form students became overall Welsh Champions at the National Finals as well winning the awards for Fastest Car and Best Verbal Presentation.  They will compete in the 2024 World Championships in September with the host country still to be decided which is an incredible achievement.

Jess Frith said, “It’s been an amazing experience so far and it is great to see how our hard work has paid off.   I am looking forward to competing in the World Finals, meeting teams from around the globe…and also watching the Grand Prix as well!”

However, this is not the first success for teams from Denbigh High.  Team Tachyon competed in two World Finals as Welsh Champions in both Singapore and Texas.  Team Quantum followed up this success and competed in the World Finals in Abu Dhabi.

Among the many accolades that both teams won at the World Finals, Team Tachyon member Amy Martin secured one of just nine places in the world in Williams Randstand Engineering Academy.  As well as securing her future in engineering and the world of Formula 1 racing, Amy has also been back with F1 in Schools, co-hosting coverage of the Finals with comedian Tom Deacon.

It is not just Amy who has remained involved with F1 in Schools.  This year, her teammate Holly Roberts was invited to the largest World Finals to date in Singapore to judge Verbal Presentations and Gareth Jones (Head of D&T) was asked to be a Pit Display judge in a competition featuring 68 teams from all around the world.

Denbigh High’s success has meant that they have been able to share their expertise with schools in their primary cluster.  Recently, members of Team Epoch have visited Ysgol Esgob Morgan in St Asaph to give advice on all elements of the competition and to help learners prepare.  Ysgol Esgob Morgan had five teams competing at the primary school stage of the competition on 31 January.

Mr Glen Williams, Headteacher of Denbigh High School says “the incredible success we have had over the last 10 years of competing is testament to the high standards and commitment we uphold in the school, not least in the Design and Technology department.  I would like to thank all teachers and parents who have supported the students in their preparations and wish Team Elan, Team Viperia and Team Epoch the best of luck in their upcoming competitions.”  

The teams would also like to thank all their sponsors and would welcome contact from anyone who would like to share their brand widely, through them, at future competitions.