Celebrating our young creative talent in the West Midlands…

Arden Academy receiving their School Commendations Award

BBM15 Schools Design Awards Celebration took place Wednesday 17th June at Millennium Point and was a great success with over 150 creative entries received from schools, twice as many as last year!

The challenge set for students was to come up with innovative design ideas around the categories Timeless Classic, Re-innovate, Smart Tech and the Future.

10 schools entered the Schools Design competition and produced innovative solutions to challenges set.

The winners were presented with Birmingham Made Me Awards and all the students received certificates to recognise their excellent work. Ideas ranged from weather adaptable clothing to time travel machines.

Beverley Nielsen

The judging panel consisted of Beverley Nielsen, Director of Corporate Affairs, BCU, Simon Topman CEO of Acme Whistles and Chairman of Millennium Point, Stewart Towe, CBE, Chairman, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and CEO of Hadley Industries, Stuart Ballinger Head of Midlands and North East, JCDecaux, and Designer James Plant.

As part of the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo, all the schools were invited to Millennium Point, to showcase their creative and innovative ideas. Their work formed part of the exhibition and students and teachers had the opportunity to network with talented designers including James Plant, who commented:

Designer, James Plant

“It was great to see so many young minds engaging with creativity, designing for practical everyday problems through to futuristic ideas for the next generation of inventors. The breadth of ideas along with an understanding of real world issues showed that the students had really engaged with the programme. Bringing the awards in-line with the larger BMM programme gave the students an opportunity to see a viable career path into these industries.”

Students from King Edward VI Five Ways School with Stewart Towe

The finalist selected by the judges were:

Past – Timeless Classic


St Peter’s Catholic School – Callum Lynch – Solar Powered Washing Line

Runner Up

St Peter’s Catholic School – Tabitha Byng – Every Angle Shower

Present – Re-innovation


Arden School – Georgia Hasson-Wells – Projecting Coronet Flashmaster Camera

Runners Up

Pedmore Technology College – Poppy Markham – Suitcase Scales

King Edward VI Five Ways School – Edward Burton, Nicholas Smith, Amar Bird – AdjusTable

Shireland Collegiate Academy  – Aliya Hamjid, Alise Starupman, Amelia Brown, Deemah Ziara – Holders For Crutches

Present – Smart Tech

Joint Winner

King Edward VI Five Ways School – Grace Coombs – Summer Scenes Children’s Dress

Barr Beacon – James Ricketts – iGloves

Runner Up

Bournville College – Ben Davies – Blue Strings

The Future


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy – Chloe Baird and Rowan Stansfield – Future Wrist

Runners Up

George Dixon Academy – Aisa Ceesay Nimaya Sumaya Jama, Imaar Shah – Automotive Dresser

St Peter’s Catholic School – Luke Monaghan – Smart House

Broadway Academy – Hammad Arshad – Aid Detector

Schools Commendations

George Dixon Academy

Arden Academy

Participating schools included Arden Academy, Barr Beacon School, Bournville College, Broadway Academy, George Dixon Academy, King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy, King Edward VI Five Ways School, Pedmore Technology College, Shireland Collegiate Academy and St Peter’s Catholic School

Students examine their work at the School Design exhibition


This year’s BMM’s schools programme will launch three separate challenges with each one focusing on Key Stage 3,4 or 5.

Key Stage 5 Challenge opens in September 2015 when information packs will be sent out to interested teachers to make it easy for you to include this in your schemes of work or embed it into the curriculum. Please contact schoolsjoinin@birmingham-made-me.org if you would like to receive a pack.