The Portsmouth Grammar School

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High Street
Old Portsmouth
Portsmouth
PO1 2LN
023 9236 0036
Pupils
963
Ages
3 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Other independent school
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Independent inspection report
98%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
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The Portsmouth Grammar School is the oldest school in the historic city of Portsmouth. We are, uniquely, a non-denominational Cathedral School. Our aim is to have an international outlook and to be at the forefront of educational development as on of the UK's most successful co-educational schools.

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Last update: 08 August 2020

DESERT RESCUE

A Merlin helicopter has had to make a forced landing during a sandstorm; the landing has caused the undercarriage to fail meaning it is unable to take off from the desert. What land-based system would you build to rescue the helicopter?

This was the challenge posed to Year 9 pupils taking part in this year’s Lockheed Martin Engineering Challenge Day and it was one they grasped enthusiastically. With the help of a team of eleven engineers from Lockheed Martin pupils spent the day constructing crane systems to rescue the helicopter.

“We’ve been running this day with Lockheed Martin for six years and it is something pupils refer to as inspiration when making subject option choices over the coming years” said Ben Goad, Head of Science.

The system created by the Challenge winners had a unique feature that gave them the edge; it could be flat-packed. “We thought about how it would be transported out to the desert,” said Tom Ross from the winning team. “Collapsing it down was an idea we came up with together.”

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