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Full speed ahead for Darlington’s Polam Hall School competition winners


Two students at Darlington’s Polam Hall School are on track for success after winning the opportunity to report for Michelin and Ginetta on their race day.

Head girl Chelsea Morrison, 17, and Erin Robinson, 14, will attend the Ginetta series race at Croft Circuit this month and have the opportunity to interview racing drivers, post on its social media accounts and visit the media centre. They will then write a report on the day which will be published on the Junior Academy of Media’s (JAM) website.

The lucky winners were selected after a competition by JAM, run by Michelin and Ginetta, which saw a number of students at Polam Hall School submit an article on why they want to work in motorsports.

Chelsea’s report stood out from the crowd because of her genuine interest for the world of motor sports, and Erin’s because of her desire to work in the world of journalism one day.

It was a double motoring celebration for Chelsea who received her provisional driving license on the day she won the competition, her 17th birthday.

Chelsea commented: “I’m so excited to be reporting at Croft Circuit. I’ve always been interested in motor sports and I’ve just received my provisional driving license so once I’ve had some lessons maybe I could give racing a go!”

John Moreland, headmaster at Polam Hall School said: “We are very fortunate to have had the Junior Academy of Media visit school and offer our pupils such a brilliant opportunity. I’m sure Chelsea and Erin will have an excellent day at Croft Circuit and we’re all looking forward to reading their reports online.”

Carla McApline, account manager at JAM added: “Polam Hall was selected for this competition as it has really enthusiastic staff who worked together with JAM to give their students this opportunity.”

JAM aims to get young people to learn about the different types of careers within motorsports other than just being a driver, including working in the media. It does this by visiting schools, giving presentations and running competitions.

Polam Hall has recently been approved by the Department of Education to become a free school, and is currently in its pre-opening phase and will open as a Free School in September 2015.

It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com

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