A challenge which aims to inspire the next generation to preserve the past has scooped a hat-trick of awards.
Seaham School of Technology has collected the best project award for the third year running in the Heritage Skills Initiative, making it the only school to boast the achievement.
The latest win comes after students set their minds to the idea of regenerating Dalden Town in Dalton-le-Dale using skills such as stonemasonry, pole turning, stained glass and carpentry.
Their suggested use for the ruins of the medieval fortified house was an arts centre, with visits made to Washington Arts Centre as they gathered fuel for their imaginations.
The group of 11 Year 9 pupils got in touch with politicians via Twitter to gain their views, researched the building’s history and gathered the views of the community before drawing up a proposal, design and made a model of how it would look.
The Heritage Skills Initiative is funded by the National Lottery to promote careers in the heritage and conservation industries by showing young people how they could find a career with such trades.
I’m delighted for the students to see that their efforts and hard work has been recognised and relieved that we won as we were all feeling pressure given that the previous two teams had won in 2013 and 2014.Teacher Hugh McCracken
Students and staff attended an awards ceremony in the Turbine Hall in Castegate, Newcastle, after they beat eight other schools to the title.
Design and technology teacher Hugh McCracken said: “I’m delighted for the students to see that their efforts and hard work has been recognised and relieved that we won as we were all feeling pressure given that the previous two teams had won in 2013 and 2014.” The winning students were Abbi Hutchinson; Arfa Alam; Madison Bunts; Alex Lee; Nicole Porter; Cory Winter; Aimee Loftus; Toni Sharp; Jasmin Hudson; Charlie Vardy and Jarryd Robinson.