Bloodhound Supersonic Car Team inspires Gryphon students

Students at The Gryphon were thrilled to have a visit from the Bloodhound Supersonic Car team last week. The Bloodhound Project is a global engineering adventure, using a 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Ian Glover from the Bloodhound team first gave a talk to Sixth Form students who are studying Physics and Creative Design, which was hugely informative, students were impressed to hear that when the Bloodhound SSC is running at optimum speed it will cover 1 mile in 3 seconds.  He then met with Year 10 students and set them a challenge of building racing cars using KNEX, with prizes for the best design, the fastest car, and the car that went the furthest.

This is a big year for the Bloodhound team – this autumn they will be heading to South Africa where they will be racing for the first time at the dry lake bed track at Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari Desert. Following successful 200mph (320km/h) UK runway trials at Cornwall Airport in Newquay in October 2017, the team will be targeting 500mph – a key milestone on the journey to setting a new World Land Speed Record.

Jared, a student in Year 10, said the day was ‘very interesting and has inspired me to go into engineering’, with another student saying it was ‘so amazing and inspiring – a great way to spend an afternoon!’.

The school will be following the team with keen interest, and is proud that ‘The Gryphon School, Sherborne’ name will be displayed on the Bloodhound tail fin when the car heads to South Africa.

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It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!

Download the Event Programme now for a full list of which employers are coming, and it also includes some handy tips for how to get the most out of your discussions with companies:

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*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.

Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.

Find out more:

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Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm