They were born in Middlesbrough, but they were made up to design helicopters for the Royal Navy.

Pupils from schools across Middlesbrough have been taking part in a special competition to design and name a future aircraft for the Royal Navy through an exclusive partnership with Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership (MAP).

At a special event at the Acklam Green Centre around 90 students from ten six primary, and secondary and special schools were rewarded with prizes for their efforts.

And as an extra special prize a Royal Navy helicopter will pay a visit to the four winning schools, Acklam Grange School, The Avenue Primary, Unity City Academy and the Kings Academy in April.

Warrant Officer Glenn Gowling with the Royal Navy, said: “We were blown away by the standard of the designs submitted by the students – it was incredibly high, and they are all fully deserving of their prizes.

“The students were also a credit to themselves and their schools. During the event we held a Q&A and the questions were very thoughtful and interesting – some pushing us to the very limit.”

The partnership between the Royal Navy and Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership aims to link schools to employers to raise awareness of careers opportunities in the area along with raising aspiration and the development of key employability skills needed to achieve the best life chances.

Clare Elliott, MAP manager, said: “We are very happy to be working with the Royal Navy to support our careers work with schools. The competition has been a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to develop a range of employability skills and find out more about a career opportunities in this area. The winning schools are very excited about the helicopter visits. The schools had a great time working on their designs and we will continue working with the Royal Navy and other employers to support this area of work”.

The Royal Navy are also linked to schools through Globalbridge, an online digital platform to connect young people to employment opportunities.  If you are an employer interested in working with schools to support the work of MAP please contact