DT: Bede's Pupils Declared South of England Show Award Winners


All of our Upper Sixth pupils’ work was entered for the Young Artisan's award at the South of England Show, Ardingly at the beginning of June.

From contemporary lounge furniture to neo-classical vanity chest to classic garden furniture, the work on show is amongst the very best our Upper Sixth have yet produced. We are delighted to report that our pupils have won three prizes.

Ben Cawdery's piece was given the "Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers" award for the best joinery in class at the show. Ben also won third prize in the wood section of the competition, with his lounge chair. Jaz Wardle was awarded second prize in the wood section, with his fantastic garden bench.

Jaz is a boarder in Camberlot House and Ben a day pupil in Knights House. As part of their A Level in Design Technology, they were given the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they acquired and developed throughout the course of study to design and make a product of their own choice.

Jaz’s clients wanted garden seating with room for 2 or 3 people. Jaz’s research took him from antique furniture design to contemporary variations; his stunning final bench has definite classical romantic overtones, with a Georgian feel - it would look perfectly at home in a Capability Brown landscape.

Ben’s clients requested a chair that would fit in a dual-purpose home office/recreational space, with a spare and contemporary aesthetic. Ben researched classic designs and added his own spin on the theme; he has created a chair which is both comfortable and beautiful, with echoes of Eames, Bauhaus and Alvaar Alto.

We are extremely proud of their achievements and is a fitting tribute for so many hours work over several months both in class and long into the evenings on many occasions.

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