Pupil Fred Warburton’s high chair design is a winner

Oakham School pupil Fred Warburton has won the Young Engineers for Britain Craftsmanship Award

Oakham School pupil Fred Warburton has won the Young Engineers for Britain Craftsmanship Award

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A pupil from Oakham School is celebrating after being judged as one of the top young engineers in the country.

Fred Warburton, 18, won the Young Engineers for Britain Craftsmanship Award at the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition held at the Big Bang Fair at the Excel in London.

Fred was given a place in the final after impressing the judges in the regional heat of the competition for his children’s highchair creation, which he has been designed to fit in with a modern kitchen.

At the final, he pitched his idea to a panel of celebrity judges including BBC presenters Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Kate Bellingham, and Professor Brian Cox OBE.

He presented his chair to thousands of visitors including Prince Andrew.

Head of design technology Tim Weston said: “Fred was praised by the judges for having a commercially viable product.

“This was a result of the considerable hard work he had put into the design and manufacturing of the prototype.

“It was a hugely ambitious project.”

Fred was awarded £150 from entrepreneur and holder of the land-speed record Richard Noble, as well as £250 and an iPod, as part of the Craftsmanship Award.