Pupils from Felsted School visited BT's technology nerve centre as part of a future careers day.

The Year 10 pupils were offered the choice of two activities, designed to help them decide on their higher education and employment paths.

Those interested in careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) visited BT's Adastral Park in Ipswich to learn about work in research and application.

They found out about how 5G is enabling technological advances, including remote operating in a medical setting. To illustrate this, the pupils had a go at transmitting images of themselves holographically.

Dunmow Broadcast: Felsted pupils came up with environmentally friendly schemes or products on behalf of NatWestFelsted pupils came up with environmentally friendly schemes or products on behalf of NatWest (Image: Felsted School)

Meanwhile, pupils interested in entrepreneurial careers were challenged to come up with a new environmentally-friendly service or product on behalf of NatWest, mapping the whole process of development from inception to design, marketing, costings and branding.

Their plans were then presented to a panel of judges, led by Felsted head Chris Townsend.

The winning initiative was for a kinesthetic energy store to be built into a Formula 1 track, allowing racing cars to generate their own power.

Mr Townsend said: "This was one of the most unusual, ingenious ideas I’d seen. There is real potential for this to be scaled-up worldwide."

The project was then put forward for the Grand Final event of the National Careers Challenge, held at the ICC in Birmingham in July.


Louise Schofield, Felsted's director of professional guidance, said: "Giving pupils opportunities to get hands-on with real-world tasks really helps them to identify the careers that most interest them and will give them most satisfaction in future."

A spokesperson for the school added: "All pupils at Felsted have access to professional guidance and benefit from individual advice, information and support so that they can make informed choices as they progress through the school and on to UK or international universities, degree apprenticeship programmes or straight into the workplace."

Felsted School - which is an independent boarding and day school for pupils aged four to 18 - was recently named Boarding School of the Year 2023 at the TES School Awards in June.

For more information about careers and higher education guidance visit www.felsted.org/che