A GROUP of budding engineers is celebrating after winning a top innovation award.

Students from the lower sixth engineering team at Alderley Edge School for Girls (AESG) were awarded the Steve Nash Memorial Award for Innovation at the Engineering Education Scheme celebration and assessment day.

The award follows a six-month project to create a playground clock and traffic light system, which will be installed at Lancasterian Specialist School, in West Didsbury.

On the day, the team was required to give a 15-minute presentation to a panel of eight senior engineers, and complete a 10-minute question and answer session.

They then spoke to guests about their work, before being left 'in shock' when they were announced as the award winners.

Once installed, the clock will be used to signal tidy-up and line-up times during break.

The team is now set to enter its project into the regional round of the Big Bang Competition in July.

Meanwhile, a group of AESG pupils travelled to Germany after gaining Erasmus+ funding for a three-year project.

The visit to Realschule Eberbach saw musicians from the two schools work together to improve their singing and language skills, and followed a visit to AESG for the German students in 2016.

Ann Bush, project coordinator and German teacher, said: "We are delighted to have been part of this major Erasmus+ project.

"Over 200 pupils and staff have been involved in and reaped the benefits of this project during the last three years."

For more information visit erasmusplus.org.uk