Pupils put ideas to Dame Ellen

TEAM WORK: Anthony Gell students entered a challenge competition hosted by Ellen MacArthur.
TEAM WORK: Anthony Gell students entered a challenge competition hosted by Ellen MacArthur.

SIX students from Wirksworth took part in a ground-breaking workshop looking at renewable energy – led by Dame Ellen MacArthur.

The Anthony Gell School six formers were invited to attend the event because of the school’s links with the round-the-world yachtswoman who is also a former Wirksworth pupils.

The Project ReDesign challenge took place in Leeds and the theme was sustainability, an issue close to Dame Ellen’s heart.

It was the second of five events, for students that are running across the UK this month.

The teenagers put forward their ideas, looked at renewable energy and how to cut down on waste.

They also had a chance to consult with representatives from five of the leading blue-chip companies in UK and France and to present their work to Ellen.

Ellen said: “The students were amazing – showing how much more skilled they are than older generations at thinking outside the box.”

She added: “All the groups (and there were 24 teams) put forward really valid points and surprised us with their ability to re-think the future and re-design a system.

“From a personal point of view it was a great privilege to meet students from my old school.”