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Our Future-Derby and Porterbrook are delighted to announce the winners of the Derby Schools competition to design a ‘green’ train of the future.

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We all want a greener world and Derby’s school children have taken their first steps towards designing a more sustainable future! The competition received entries from 23 of Derby’s schools with fantastic designs created by pupils aged 4 to 15.

A panel of 28 judges made up of employees from Porterbrook took on the challenge of voting for their winning entries. The judges were extremely impressed by the high standard of the entries. Some of their positive comments included:

“WOW. Some absolutely brilliant ideas.  All of the entries are well researched and bring lots of good ideas which will be good for the environment, and make railways a more attractive mode of transport for future generations”

“What amazing kids. The detail and descriptions are very encouraging. Our future Engineers in the making. Well done to all who entered.”

“Excellent designs. Particularly impressed with the students’ knowledge of renewable energy and application.”


Porterbrook have been at the heart of the UK rail network for over 25 years.


Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook said:

Porterbrook is passionate about helping young people realise their full potential in STEM subjects, so we were delighted to sponsor this competition. There were some brilliant ideas on how Green Trains could transform railway journeys and some fantastic submissions. It was very difficult to award the prizes, so I congratulate Logan, Jamie, Deema and Tristan on making the top three! Their classmates and schools should be very proud of them.”

And now to announce our winners!

In first place:

Logan G. in Year 2 at Ravensdale Infant School.


In the words of one of our judges:

“I love this design as this is achievable with recent technology, and given the age of the student, the thought processes are well researched and fantastic! Well done to all involved”

Logan will receive a £50 Amazon Voucher! He has also won a £250 voucher for his school to purchase STEM Equipment!

In second place:

Jamie D. in Year 4 at St Albans Catholic Primary School.


Jamie will receive a £30 Amazon Voucher. He has also won a £150 voucher for his school to purchase STEM Equipment!

Joint third place:

Tristan D. in Year 6 and Deema V. in Year 6 both at Oakwood Junior School


Tristan and Deema will each receive a £20 Amazon Voucher. They have also won the third place voucher for their school to purchase STEM Equipment, which has been increased from £100 to £150 to acknowledge the two winners from this school.

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Our runners up:

Rhys D.B
Rhys D.B

Rhys D.B. in Year 3 at Silverhill Primary School.

Theo I
Theo I

Theo I. in Year 4 at St Peter's Junior School.

Rory W
Rory W

Rory W. in Year 5 at Melbourne Junior School.

Madeleine R
Madeleine R

Madeleine R. in Year 5 at St Albans Catholic Primary School.

Hafsa B
Hafsa B

Hafsa B. in Year 7 at Normanton House Secondary School.

Luca B
Luca B

Luca B. at Derby Cathedral School

George B
George B

George B. in Year 8 at Allestree Woodlands School.

Edward B
Edward B

Edward B. in year 6 at Portway Junior School.

Deon M
Deon M

Deon M. in Year 5 at St Peters Junior School.

Ava B
Ava B

Ava B. in Year 5 at Findern Primary School.

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“...we are very grateful for the opportunity to support Tristan doing something so positive and creative. It really did chase away the Corona Virus blues as we all adjusted to life in lockdown and trying to keep Tristan supported in his education at home.” 


—  Parents of Tristan D.

A huge well done to every child who entered the competition. In the words of one of our judges, it was; “Very hard to pick a favourite amongst the entries, all the kids should be so proud of their designs.”

About Porterbrook:

Porterbrook has been at the heart of the UK rail network for over 25 years and owns almost a third of Britain’s passenger trains. Since privatisation, Porterbrook has invested over £3bn in the UK rail market. The company is looking to invest more than £1bn in Britain’s railway over the coming years. Porterbrook has successfully introduced over 2,500 new vehicles into passenger service. Porterbrook also spends £3m each week on its existing fleets, supporting almost 7,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.


About ‘Our Future – Derby’: 

Our Future Derby is an exciting project made possible with funding from Derby City Council supporting the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area Programme. The aim is to inspire children and connect primary schools in Abbey, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin with the world of work. In addition, the project helps broaden children’s horizons, raise aspirations and show what is possible.


About Learn by Design:

Learn by Design are a dynamic and committed team with a business and educational background. We work on behalf of schools, corporate and public sector clients to provide quality, value for money, educational products and services to inspire future generations. We work to the highest educational standards, complementing existing learning in schools across the UK every year. Since our inception in 1995 we have engaged with over 1 Million learners and now work with over 200,000 young people every year.

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