VIDEO: Doncaster pupils on track for competition win

  • School pupils win architecture contest
  • Hexthorpe Primary victorious in Civic Trust competition
  • £500 prize for winning team

It was full steam ahead for pupils at a Doncaster primary school after they were on track to win a prestigious contest.

Youngsters at Hexthorpe Primary School scooped top spot in a contest to design new buildings for the town, with their plan for a railway museum impressing judges who handed them first place.

(l-r) Jamal Elks, Aiden Nias-Craven, Paul Henderson and Taylor Schofield, of Hexthorpe Primary School with their model of the winning idea first Build a New Doncaster competition. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Jamal Elks, Aiden Nias-Craven, Paul Henderson and Taylor Schofield, of Hexthorpe Primary School with their model of the winning idea first Build a New Doncaster competition. Picture: Andrew Roe

Pupils from the Urban Road school worked with students from the University of Sheffield to create the building, aimed to celebrate the area’s historic links with the railway industry.

Hexthorpe has long been the heart of Doncaster’s train-building business, with famed locomotives such as the Flying Scotsman and Mallard both being designed and constructed at the Plant.

Year five youngsters designed the train museum in the Build a New Doncaster competition, organised by Doncaster Civic Trust, earning themselves £500.

Spokesman Jeffrey Prior said: “We wanted children in Doncaster to take an interest in the area around them and also take a look at Doncaster’s architecture.

The designs that the children came up with were very impressive and we hope it has given them a better understanding of the environment around them

Jeffrey Prior, Doncaster Civic Trust

“As well as learning about some of the historic sites in the Doncaster area, we also wanted them to think about new buildings.”

Dozens of schools across the town were invited to take part in the inaugural architecture which saw pupils exploring their local area and then coming up with a design for a new building to improve it.

Second prize of £250 was awarded to Stirling Primary School, and the third prize is to be shared between Edlington Victoria and Woodfield Primary schools.

Added Mr Prior: “We hope our competition will help children get a greater understanding of design and we are hoping to run the competition again next year. The designs that the children came up with were very impressive and we hope it has given them a better understanding of the environment around them.”

* Doncaster Civic Trust also provides bursaries for students. More details at www.doncastercivictrust.org.uk