Students at the new Discovery School could be in training to be the motor racing engineers of the futureafter it partnered with the world-renowned F1 in Schools organisation.

The school, which will specialise in engineering underpinned by science, technology and maths when it opens in Newcastle in September, has been named the F1 in Schools' North East Regional Technical Centre.

The prestigious collaboration means that the annual North East F1 in Schools challenge will be held at Discovery School and all of the technical equipment required to prepare for and run the challenge, including the track and wind tunnels, will be based there.

Students at Discovery School will be able to access this specialist equipment all year round, while students at other schools in the region will also have access to the facilities.

F1 in Schools challenges students to design, develop, manufacture and race a scale-model Formula 1 car of the future, with the initiative taking place in 40 countries.

Each country holds regional and then national competitions, with the winners going on to compete in the World Finals, which last year was held in Abu Dhabi and this year will be hosted in Texas.

F1 in Schools is just one of the organisations set to forge links with the new £9m Discovery School, which will offer hands-on education to 14 to 19-year-olds who have a special interest in engineering and where applied learning will be at the heart of the curriculum.

Discovery School Principal Wendy Allen said the new partnership would open up a wealth of opportunities to students across the region.

“We are incredibly excited that F1 in Schools has partnered with the Discovery School because it will enable students to build and develop scale-model Formula 1 cars using the latest engineering research and equipment,” she said.

“F1 in Schools is a tremendous organisation that works in every continent to help change the perceptions of engineering, maths, technology and science by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people.

“Their vision is very much the same as ours – to enable students to immerse themselves in engineering through hands-on projects that will hopefully lead them on to great careers.

“We look forward to our students taking part in the F1 challenge and we look forward to inviting other schools to share in the facilities with us. We are committed to working in partnership with other local education providers and this is one way in which we can start to forge those partnerships.”

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, said: “Linking the F1 in Schools programme with Discovery School is an important strategic move for us.

“Not only will we be introducing another school into the initiative, but we will also be able to attract other schools in the region into our programmes with the Discovery School serving as the F1 in Schools' North East Regional Technical Centre.

“This will be particularly valuable to the schools that do not have access to some of the specialist technical equipment that can be used for the challenges.

“We look forward to working with Discovery School on our engineering programmes and planning for our North East Regional Finals events for 2014.”

Building work has already begun on the new Discovery School campus and information events have been arranged for parents and students to find out more.

Although the school will eventually cater for 720 14 to 19-year-olds, it will have two intakes initially in September for students aged 14 and 16, who are due to start years 10 and 12. The school day will start at 8.30am and finish at 4.30pm, with all project work and homework fitted into the school day.

Open evenings will be held in the Archive Room at the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square, Newcastle. There will be two sessions each evening, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and 7pm to 8pm, on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday, February 27

Wednesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 13

To register your interest in attending, email, call 0191 272 1111 or visit the Discovery School website at

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Pole position: Discovery School Principal Wendy Allen and F1 in Schools Director of Communications and Events Dave Howes celebrate the new partnership.

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Motoring ahead: F1 in Schools Director of Communications and Events Dave Howes and Discovery School Principal Wendy Allen celebrate the new partnership.

For more information, contact

Karen Westcott, DTW, on 01287 610404 or 07545 210067

Robert Schopen, Discovery School, 0191 200 4858

Alison Hill, F1 in Schools, 01327 856060

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