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Hartshill student awarded innovative School Design Prize

Hartshill School is proud to announce that the Furniture Maker’s School Design Prize has been awarded to Megan-Rose Brookes, a GCSE Resistant Materials student in year 11.  She has been awarded the prestigious Modern British Furniture Design Book in recognition of her success.  Her award is based on her outstanding gaming ‘cube’, utilising pine, acrylic, MDF, various fabrics and hand embroidery. 


She was awarded the prestigious prize as she secured an A* for the controlled assessment component of her GCSE as well as being supportive and helpful towards other students on the GCSE Resistant Materials course.  From conception to realisation, her ‘furniture’ was carefully thought out to minute detail, with even Scrabble board pieces being individually prepared and created with the use of CAD / CAM.

The ‘cube’ itself is a compact and fully usable box within which also houses five different board and card games. Five of the sides are held by magnets and feature reversible playing boards that are held in place with hidden magnets.  Megan made by hand the pieces and boards for Scrabble, Chess, Noughts and Crosses, Draughts, and Snakes and Ladders.  She additionally created housing and storage to enable dominoes and card games to be housed in the box as well.  Even the stands used to position the player’s Scrabble pieces were cut and shaped from birch wood, again, by hand. 

Commenting on her award, she said: “I am extremely proud of my GCSE Resistant Materials project which has taken a huge amount of effort, dedication, passion and drive to complete.  I would like to thank all of my teachers and staff at Hartshill School for their expert guidance and support during the designing and making process.  Despite numerous setbacks and struggles with the laser-cutter, I am extremely proud of what is such a successful project!  I will enjoy taking the time to look the book once the intense exam season is over and of course, our performance of Macbeth!”

Sarah Murcott, Vice Principal at the school, added: “We are all extremely proud of her work here at Hartshill School, as we are of all of our students, but we felt that Megan applied herself over and above what is required at GCSE level. We wish her every success following her GCSEs this summer.”

About the Schools Design Prize

The Schools Design Prize is a unique award given to promising young students in schools across the country each year. For more information please visit https://www.furnituremakers.org.uk/young-furniture-makers/school-portal/schools-design-prize/