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Arend reaches exhibition stage of WJEC GCSE Innovation Awards

Arend reaches exhibition stage of WJEC GCSE Innovation Awards

A leading Design and Technology pupil at Rydal Penrhos has secured another significant achievement on the national stage.

Arend Franssens, a Lower Sixth Form pupil at the school, recently produced a project for the high-profile WJEC GCSE Innovation awards, which saw hundreds of other hopefuls from across the country looking to gain recognition from the competition.

After several judges gave their expert opinion on each entry, the 16-year-old’s submission was selected as part of the special Innovation Exhibition.

This distinction is yet another impressive feat from Arend, who successfully came through a thorough assessment process to receive the prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships to continue his exceptional work already in a chosen field.

He also secured five A*grades, a Distinction in Additional Mathematics and an A in his recent GCSE results, in addition to one eight and three sixes in accordance with the new grading system.

Steve Howells, WJEC Design & Technology Subject Officer, said: "This year's applications have been of an exceptionally high standard, which has made the judging process all the more difficult.

“However, it is fantastic to see that there are so many dynamic, innovative and creative Welsh students out there."

The Innovation awards is a competition and interactive showcase for the most innovative project work at GCSE and AS/A-level in Design and Techonolgy.

Working in conjunction with the Welsh Government, the WJEC Innovations Awards encourage young people in Wales to be technologically innovative and appreciate the importance of design and technology.

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