Our DT pupils have built a working arcade machine which runs more than 1,000 retro games.

Three Senior pupils created the cabinet over a term, designing it using computer aided design (CAD) software, incorporating a screen and two sets of controls.

They then loaded it up with gaming classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros.

Year 9 pupil Matthew and Year 10 youngsters Sam and Barney came up with the idea when they were challenged to design and make a product which would incorporate all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The boys undertook the project in addition to their usual schoolwork and with a budget of just £400.

Head of Design Technology and STEM, Andrew Cornwell, said: “This was a very challenging task and the pupils worked incredibly well together, demonstrating excellent creative thinking and problem solving to produce such an outstanding outcome.

“Pupils and staff alike have been delighted with the new addition. This has spurred our department on, not only to make this a yearly challenge, but also to push our pupils further using new technology as their capacity to learn is exceptional.”

The project will also form part of the school’s entry into the Co-educational School of the Year category at the annual Independent Schools Awards.

Headmaster Andrew McCleave added: “As a school we have invested more than £50,000 updating and increasing our facilities, investing in new learning opportunities and encouraging our pupils to stretch and challenge themselves, and this project is a great example of what can be achieved.

“This is amazing work and these boys clearly have a very bright future ahead of them.”

He added: “Over the last couple of years we have seen a rise in the demand for product design at GCSE, particularly amongst girls who now make up 50% of our GCSE pupils.

“With access to industrial computer aided manufacturing tools, virtual reality, laser cutting and all the latest technologies our pupils are well-placed for when they enter the world of design.

“We are also looking to help our pupils continue their learning at home by providing a mobile 3D printer which they will be able to book to take home.”