Potash plans add up for Scalby Pupils

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Pupils from Scalby School fought off fierce competition from ten other schools in the county first prize in the York Potash schools challenge.

The competition was an initiative designed to put pupil’s maths, geography and science skills to the test, and attracted 300 students from across North Yorkshire.

Participants took part in a series of challenges designed to boost interest in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – with the opportunity to win a share of £1,000 for their school.

The initiative saw pupils from Scalby School coming out on top in the maths challenge to calculate the volume of potash under the North York Moors and forecast the potential amount of revenue the proposed new mine could generate.

Key stage 3 pupils, William Leah, James Eaton and Mohammed Lazim from Scalby school were presented the award for the maths challenge.

Commenting on the challenge, Matt Parsons, Education and Skills manager at York Potash says: “Making STEM subjects fun and bringing them to life by using a real-life local project that children can relate to will help to boost awareness of the long-term opportunities within these fields, as we look to develop a talented and skilled local workforce for the future of our operations.”

David Read, headteacher of Scalby School added: “The success of Scalby School in the maths challenge is a testament to the hard work our students have put in. They have really enjoyed using a real-life project to test their knowledge and further develop their understanding.”