Press Release: Students’ award-winning design on display at London’s Design Museum

  • Six students from Park House School scooped a national award at the Design Ventura Competition.
  • The students were up again 10,000 students from across the country to design and market a product for the Design Museum’s shop based on the theme of ‘move’.
  • The students pitched their design to a Dragon’s Den style panel made up of leading design experts.
  • Winning designs have been put on display at London’s Design Museum.

Year 10 Design students from Park House school have scooped a national award at the Design Ventura Competition at the Design Museum in London.

Design Ventura Competition Finalists
Design Ventura Competition

Now in its sixth year, Design Ventura is a national competition for students in years 9, 10 and 11. It places design skills in a real world context, developing creativity, problem-solving, team work and enterprise capabilities. Students have to design, produce and market a new product for sale in the Design Museum Shop, this year based on the theme of 'Move'.

This year it attracted entries from 10,000 students across the country and the Park House students were one of ten outstanding teams shortlisted to present their product to a 'Dragon's Den' style panel of Design and Business experts including Sebastian Conran from the London product design and development studio, and  television presenter, British design consultant and interior designer Naomi Cleaver.

The Park House students had designed a game called 'Plane-a-Pult', based on the traditional idea of paper aeroplanes. It was initially pitched as part of a shortlisting process back in November to a school-based panel comprised of Headteacher Derek Peaple, Deputy Headteacher Cate Robinson-Slater, Head of Design Technology Wendy Hayes and professional designer Chris Waddell of Waddell Digital.

The students' team was made up of :

  • Luke Dononhoe
  • Alfie Cottingham-Mayall
  • Jack Hygate
  • Jocelyn Row
  • Megan Hall
  • Morven Pike

The students received their award from Naomi Cleaver and Christoph Woermann from event sponsor Deutsche Bank at a special evening ceremony at the Design Museum on 10th February.

The Park House Team's product is now on display at the museum on the banks of the Thames opposite Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Park House Head of Design Technology Wendy Hayes said, 'I'm so proud of this fantastic group. Their confidence, enthusiasm and all round talent is wonderful.'

Headteacher Derek Peaple added, 'This is a brilliant achievement and the students' creativity is inspirational. It was a pleasure and privilege to see them reserve this prestigious and thoroughly deserved national design award'.

Notes to Editors:

  • Park House is a secondary School and Sixth Form of 1,000 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Consistently performing in the top 15% nationally for A Level and AS Level results, the School is the Centre of Excellence for Teaching Computer Science for the South of England. Holding Academy status enables Park House to enjoy the freedom to receive independent investment to offer students more opportunities. In 2012 Park House was the only academic institution to be awarded the ‘Inspired By 2012’ Mark by the Cabinet Office.