A SECONDARY school in Sodbury is celebrating after a number of students competed at the famous Silverstone race circuit last week.

Students from Chipping Sodbury School took part in the national Greenpower finals last Thursday, racing around the track against other teams.

Greenpower is a scheme that was devised by the Greenpower Education Trust charitable organisation.

The objective is to provide young people across the UK with the chance to develop their skills in engineering by developing an electric powered car to race around circuits.

Teams of students between the ages of 9 and 25 design, build, and race their own electric powered race cars against other teams.

The school also set a record at the competition for having the highest number of cars from a single establishment in the finals.

Sodbury’s five cars were all represented, breaking the original record that was also set by the school of three.

Their cars: Rotary Racer, RRX, POD, Chain Reaction and Sodbury Chargers.

Posting on Facebook, the school said: “We are so proud of our Greenpower teams and their performances at Silverstone at the national finals last week.

“All 4 of our teams qualified for the finals that took place at the famous circuit last Thursday.

“Our teams, in a field of over 100, finished in 81st, 63rd, 39th, 25th and an incredible 5th place.

“Having 5 cars in the competition sets the record for the most from a single establishment which we are extremely proud about.

“Our teams work so hard and we are so pleased that all of the time they have put in to their projects have paid off.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to all of our sponsors that help us to support this incredible scheme.

“You can find out more about our Greenpower teams by visiting the school.”

The teams at the school are headed up by Design and Technology teacher Ms McMorrow and others, they spend time outside of school working on their cars.