Chapel students win awards for tables

Sam Royle, Fiona Biggin and James Williams, of Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, who won prizes at the Cheshire-wide Young Designer Awards.
Sam Royle, Fiona Biggin and James Williams, of Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, who won prizes at the Cheshire-wide Young Designer Awards.

Three Chapel-en-le-Frith students won awards for designing tables in the North West young designer 2013 competition, organised by Rotary International.

Sam Royle, James Williams and Fiona Biggin, all of year 11 at Chapel High School, were recognised in the key stage five category at the annual event, held at Knutsford Academy.

Sam, who designed a table “worthy of a designer store” according to judges and won the category, was highly commended for his unique design, his craftsmanship and his attention to detail.

The panel said: “Sam has produced a piece of furniture that would gain him an excellent grade in a university degree and he is only 16.”

James, who designed a retro theme table and took second place in the category, was praised by judges for his piece which they said would be “a stylish addition to any living room”.

Fiona won the award of excellence for the “superb” welding and powder coating on her table, which judges felt was reminiscent of French designer Philippe Starck.

Head teacher Simon Grieves said: “We know our students are very talented and it’s fantastic to see them achieve so well against such a field.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘well done’ to Sam, James and Fiona. I’m delighted to see they are going to continue their studies in this area, picking up A2 product design at Aquinas College in Stockport next year.”