Coalville-based developer David Wilson Homes East Midlands has sponsored an F1 engineering team at a secondary school in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The housebuilder has supported Ashby School’s Dragon Racing team with its entry for international STEM competition, F1 in Schools.


Entrants for F1 in Schools are pupils aged 11 to 19 years old, and the annual competition requires teams of three to six to design and manufacture a miniature car made from an official F1 Model Block using computer-aided manufacturing design tools. 

David Wilson Homes’ £100 sponsorship enabled the team of four at Ashby School to receive materials and equipment required to design and manufacture the model car, as well as receive branded uniforms, lanyards and transport to competitions. 

Clara Bailey, who is in Year 10 and is a member of Ashby School’s Dragon Racing team, said: “I volunteered to take part in F1 in Schools as I am a huge fan of Formula One.

“I really enjoyed working as part of the Dragon Racing team, the process has helped build my confidence and I have learnt some valuable skills that will help me in the future.

“I am thankful to David Wilson Homes for their generous contribution and interest in the project.”

Jude Mellor, Headteacher at Ashby School, said: “We are extremely proud of the students for the time and hard work they have invested in the F1 challenge.

“It has been wonderful to see students from all year groups working together on this project to develop valuable skills and produce a competition entry of such a high standard.

“We’d like to thank David Wilson Homes for supporting them in what has been an extremely successful and worthwhile venture.”

John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such a talented group of students, who should all be very proud of what they have achieved with their excellent car model creation.

“Inspiring the next generation with practical learning is something that is close to our hearts. It has been a great pleasure to sponsor the team and it’s wonderful to see competitions such as this inspiring the next generation of engineers in Leicestershire.”

David Wilson Homes is building a variety of four and five bedroom homes at its nearby Grange View development off Grange Road in Hugglescote.