Pupils put forward sea defence plan

YOUNGSTERS from a school in Southsea have presented their ideas for sea defence solutions to Portsmouth City Council and the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 4:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:57 pm
The winning teams with the judging panel at the back of the photo - from left to right, Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education at Portsmouth City Council; Matthew Olive, headteacher at St Swithun's Catholic Primary School; Rupert Teasdale, coastal engineer from the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership. Picture: David Bartholomew.

Children from St Swithun's Catholic Primary School emerged as the winners of aDragon's Den style competition where 90 pupils designed and presented plans.

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The project aimed to engage local children in plans to protect Southsea from coastal flooding.

Head of Years 5 and 6 at St Swithun's, Matthew Dunn, said: '˜The children completed research about different coastal sea defences and came up with their recommendations to present.

'˜They had to consider elements such as visual impact, accessibility and geography before pitching their suggestions. The process has given the pupils a real insight into an important project right on their doorstep.