Design and Technology: Rachel Wins at South of England Show


Congratulations to Upper Sixth, Bloomsbury House girl Rachel Morgan who won 'Best Joinery' at the recent South of England Show.

Rachel, who joined Bede's for the Sixth Form last year, was one of three Bedians selected to enter for the awards and was recognised by the South of England Show judges for her final A Level piece; a walnut and zebrano vanity table (pictured).


Her artful creation, which took over 50 hours to construct, involved the use of dovetail, finger and mitre joints as well as steaming and bending wood across a production period which lasted between January and April.

Rachel, who lives in Forest Row, said of her award, "It was a real surprise. I wasn't expecting to win anything and am very thankful to Mr Potter, Mr McDonnell and Mr Wickens. They are all great, fun teachers who really help you to deliver on your ideas."  

Having recently finished her final exams, concluding her A Level studies into Art, Business and Design and Technology, Rachel is now handing over her award-winning table to her mother, who commissioned the piece in 2014, and is preparing to start her degree in marketing at the University of Newcastle.


Fellow Upper Sixth Design and Technology student Ed King's impressive valet stand.

"When you start your A Level project, you have a client and a brief, and you have to deliver on that brief," Rachel explained. "Thankfully, my 'client' is very happy with the outcome!"

Much like her brother Stephen, who also studied Design and Technology at Bede's and who is now undertaking a degree in Geography at the University of Bournemouth, Rachel says she was inspired to start making things in primary school informed by her woodworking grandfather.

 "He was very much into art and was always making things for us, including toys and furniture. Personally, I prefer design to making and love the aesthetic. I came to Bede's because my old school didn't support me creatively as much as I would have liked, and the Art School here is very impressive."


Also graduating this summer, Alex Woodman made this glass-topped coffee table.

Looking ahead to her summer holiday, Rachel declared in conclusion, "My DT career is over and I'm sad to be leaving, but Bede's has really supported me. Aside from this award, I am leaving with a portfolio full of shop window displays, posters and advertising which will form the starting point for my marketing career. I'm really excited about the future."


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