Together in Electric Dreams

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in News | No Comments

Year 12 A Level Physics students at community school were given an unexpected learning opportunity on the morning of Friday 5th June.  As chance would have it, they happened to be in a Physics lesson with their teacher, Miss Ripper, when ex-student and highly successful London Car Salesman, Bradley Carr, drove into school in a state of the art electric car that a client of his had lent him for a few days enabling him to return to his home in Cornwall in style!

Bradley, who had undertaken a Work Experience placement at the Bramall Allen Vauxhall showrooms and garage in Saltash alongside his A Levels in 2002-4, had kept in touch with his old school and was pleased to be able to return to share with current students the latest in electric car technology.

The A Level Physicists were able to explore the £80,000 Tesla car for themselves and were impressed to hear from Bradley how it could do around 310 miles on one electrical charge.  They were also impressed with the in-car computer system and the clever design which meant the car could easily convert from being a 5 seater into a 7 seater – and with no cumbersome engine taking up space under the bonnet, there was plenty of room for shopping and luggage!

Following their investigation of the electric car, the students were able to research the life and works of the car’s namesake, Nikola Tesla, an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Speaking after Bradley’s visit, Mrs Bryce, headteacher, said, ‘It is always excellent when ex-students want to return to their school to give something back to their community.  Bradley has done so well in his career and is now one of the main sales people at the Aston Martin showrooms on Park Lane, Mayfair.  We would like to thank Bradley for coming to see us and we hope that other ex-students will be able to come along to the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations scheduled to take place on Saturday 4th July.’