PUPILS from Ulverston Victoria High School had been forging links with industry on the Science Trail, initiated by high-tech electronics company Oxley Developments, in 1993.

The students were asked to produce a poster and four-page booklet describing a scientific topic and its application within Oxley.

The winning team comprised lower-sixth students Ian Campbell, Ailsa Carrick and Sarah Ferguson.

Their subject was fibre optic transmission/reception of information.

Each of the winners received a cheque for £25 from Oxley managing director Dr Geoff Edwards and the team was presented with a certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at the school.

The project had been set up two years previously under Cumbria TEC’s Education Industry Partnership scheme and provided first-hand experience of how experiments carried out in the school laboratory were applied in industry.

The project also gave students the opportunity to gain an insight into one of the country’s most innovative electronics companies.

Dr Edwards said: “The scheme benefits both industry and students alike.

“It is very pleasing to see the enthusiasm it has generated and the very high standards of all the students’ work made selecting a winning team most difficult.”

The sixth form at Ulverston Victoria High School made the country’s top ten per cent in 1994.

The school was inspected by officers from Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education - and made the top ten per cent of secondary schools in the country for its A-level results.

Inspectors also praised the behaviour and discipline of the students and their relationships with teachers.

Headteacher Brian Dower said: “We are very pleased that the strengths of the school have been recognised.”

The Mail was on hand to take photographs at Ulverston Victoria High School’s sports day in 1994.

Among the winners were: Year 7 boys’ shot - N Fogh; year 9 girls’ long jump - R Kyte; year 7 boys’ 1,500m - M Laheney; year 9 girls’ javelin - J. Keetley; year 8 boys’ discus - R Whitehead.

The overall winner of the sports day was Grasmere House.