A pupil from Andoversford Primary School in Cheltenham has won a national design programme to create a “cracking contraption” to transport Shaun the Sheep back home from the big city.
‘Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge’ called on students across the UK to enter a ewe-nique invention to transport Shaun and his friends back to the farm by road, rail air or sea.
More than 4,000 entries were received from schoolchildren up and down the country, with Bailey Scutt, aged nine, from Cheltenham chosen as the overall winner. His creative design featured a wind-up motor, caterpillar treads, sail and rotor blades, to help Shaun across any terrain.
The design competition was run in partnership between the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, and sponsored by Pasta King. It aimed to teach students all about intellectual property, and the important role it plays in protecting designs, trademarks and inventions.
Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity is behind this year’s ‘Shaun in the City’ trails in London and Bristol, which featured a total of 120 five-foot-tall sculptures of Shaun the Sheep, each individually-designed by a different artist, designer or celebrity. The whole flock were recently on display in ‘The Great Sheep Round Up’ exhibition at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
As part of his prize the ‘Shaun in the City’ team created a giant version of Bailey’s design, which he has called ‘The Flyer Drafter’. Bailey and his class were invited to visit the exhibition to see his fab-ewe-lous design alongside the rest of the flock.
From Thursday 24 September until Sunday 27 September the sculptures, including Bailey’s design, will go on display in London’s Covent Garden. Bailey’s sculpture will then be donated to his school to keep.
The remaining Shauns will be auctioned on 8 October, to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports children in hospitals across the UK, and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.
Competition winner Bailey Scutt said, “I feel over the moon about winning. All my family can't get over it.
“I went to see ‘Shaun in the City’ in the holidays. I thought they were really good and big so you could see them well. I can't wait to see my Shaun the Sheep invention in real life and my school friends are really excited about seeing them all. I enjoyed inventing it and I really thank the people for coming up with the competition.”
Louise Bennett, headteacher, Andoversford Primary School, said, “Bailey’s class theme in the summer was ‘Wallace and Gromit’, and he and his friends learnt about the ingenious techniques that are used by the creative designers at Aardman Animations. It certainly demonstrates that he has applied his newfound learning and skills in designing a national winning design for Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Challange. We are looking forward to meeting the school’s new addition, ‘The Flyer Drafter’. This is an amazing achievement by Bailey and one we are all very proud of at school!”
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Intellectual Property Minister said, “I would like to congratulate Bailey on being the overall winner of the ‘Cracking Ideas Design Challenge’. This was one of 4000 different designs submitted. The judges were impressed with Bailey’s creativity and imagination, and the way his ‘Flyer Drafter’ could transport Shaun and his friends in such novel ways.”
Amber Janney, ‘Shaun in the City’ schools coordinator, said, “We were very pleased to welcome Bailey and his class to our ‘Great Sheep Round Up’ to meet his winning cracking contraption! We think ‘The Flyer Drafter’ makes a very exciting addition to our flock of designs, and hope that Bailey enjoyed seeing him brought to life.”
For more information about Shaun in the City, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk .