Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Join the Pros to Take Part in Game of Risk; Insurance Experts Help Students Test Skills

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Join the Pros to Take Part in Game of Risk; Insurance Experts Help Students Test Skills

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Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL

In the race for championship glory BOY racers from a Northumberland school are celebrating after making the regional final of this year's British Schools Karting Championship. The talented trio from Ponteland High, Year 13 student Dan Barber, Year 12 pupil Chris Harrison and Matty Graham, in Year 11, qualified for the event after succeeding in a tough series of races against teams from 11 other schools at the Warden Law circuit in Sunderland.

The team was initially set up by Dan, who was active in karting at club level, when Matty - already on the road to stardom having won the British Championship for his age group - joined the school in Year 9. They were then joined by Chris, who was dividing his time between mountain biking, rowing and karting.

Matty, Chris and Dan - currently Northern Area Champion - have their own karts, but competitors in the BSK Championship events use 390cc, 46mph vehicles, overalls and other safety gear provided by the host circuits to ensure no team has an advantage in terms of equipment.

The championship is increasingly popular, with around 1,350 young drivers from more than 175 schools taking part last year.

Dan leaves school this summer, hoping to study mechanical engineering, while Chris is also pursuing a science route at A-level. Matty, meanwhile, who's the current under-18 World Champion has his eyes firmly set on motorsport.

Director of Key Stage 3 Phil Armstrong, who manages the team, said: "The sky is the limit for Matty and much depends on who picks him up and how much success he has in the next few years."

ENTERPRISING pupils put their management skills to the test in a lively learning session aimed at increasing their awareness of job opportunities in the region.

Students at The King's School in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, were challenged to take part in an activity called "Discover Risk".

The programme is run by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the insurance sector's professional body. …

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