Dartmouth Academy student Ellie is a design hero
The Design and Technology Association has deemed Dartmouth Academy A-Level student Ellie Glanvill a ‘Design Hero of Tomorrow’.
Ellie was commended by the national body, which promotes the teaching of creative thinking and teaching in design and technology in Britain, for a music stand she made during the last year of her GCSEs at the all through academy in the beautiful harbour town.
Ellie created a music stand based on a double clef, which also had a holder for her flute.
Ellie was taking Design and Technology at GCSE in just one year – and prior to taking up the subject had never taken on a practical subject. She was determined from the start and made huge strides in her skills and confidence as she set about creating her masterpiece, said her teacher Anne Yoxall.
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Mrs Yoxall nominated Ellie for the ‘Design Heroes of Tomorrow’ scheme, which recognises the best work by students around the country at the end of each year – there are no prizes, the association simply wants to show the best of the best from around the country. Ellie was one of only seven students chosen.
“Ellie chose D&T as 'an extra' subject,” said Ms Yoxall. “She was extremely nervous at first and terrified of making a mistake. However, she's the most determinedstudent I've ever seen in my career. She insisted from the off that she wasgoing to do absolutely everything herself, from handling the rough cut sitka spruce on its arrival in the workshop to the final complicated clamping andgluing of all the component parts of her fabulous music stand design. Having started her project with the view that D&T would be a different experience to give her a bit of a distraction from her chosen 'academic' path, Ellie'sattitude changed and her ability flourished over a very short space of time. She discovered that she loved designing and making things – I’m very proud of her.”
The D and T Association described her work as ‘inspirational’.
Ellie was so enthused by her project that she took a short apprenticeship with a carpenter in Dartmouth over the summer to further indulge her newfound passion beforestarting her A-levels at the Academy this month.
Ellie said: “I cannot begin to describe how proud I am of my practical work - I never would have believed I could make something like that! I owe so much to my teacher, Mrs Yoxall, who has been the most supportive and enthusiastic teacher I have ever had.”
Dartmouth Academy Principal Nick Hindmarsh said: “Ellie has shown great determination in all her studies and it’s wonderful for her to be getting this recognition for the remarkable achievement of her music stand. We want to support all our students achieve their potential in every way – Ellie is a fantastic example of what young learners can achieve in the right environment.”