Pupils swap desks for the factory floor

Lee Woodward worked at Sunderland's Nissan factory.
Lee Woodward worked at Sunderland's Nissan factory.

Students from the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, have been able to undertake trips to the Nissan plant.

About 30 Year 9 students recently visited the Nissan plant to experience the factory environment first hand, as well as being shown how cars we drive every day are manufactured and assembled.

Nineteen Year 13 students, who study automation as part of their engineering course, were also able to take a look at modern manufacturing methods in the plant.

The school also has a long-established link with the Caterpillar plant in Peterlee, where students relate to manufacturing techniques used in the assembly of large earth moving vehicles.

Mr Watson is also grateful to local companies including Meteorology Software Products for sponsorship of the Green Power Project, and Blackshaw’s Garage for willingness to loan parts and staff. He also thanks Pure Fishing and Drone Ops who he hopes to develop future links with.

Blackshaw’s Garage also recently visited the school, and brought the Nissan Leaf with them for Year 11 students have a closer look at the technology going into the vehicle. The presentation was even given by some ex-students.

Mr Watson says that “these experiences are invaluable to the students as they can see their learning in context, and for many students, a possible future career path.”