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Manchester High School for Girls

LASER SHARP ENGINEERING SCHEME

A group of girls from Junior Sixth form enjoyed a three day engineering residential at the University of Liverpool last week (9th - 11th January).

The students investigated  how to improve the mounting of components in high power lasers as part of their Engineering Education Scheme project with technology company Laser Quantum.

Anushka, Alexa, Jayshwini and Katrina made use of the university’s facilities in the Electrical Engineering department to carry out a whole range of experiments under different conditions.

Anushka said: “We did three experiments in our time at the university measuring the laser displacement, pressure and temperature cycling to fulfil the project brief.

“We came across some unexpected results from one of the experiments. However, we still managed to get over this hurdle as a team and do everything required during the residential which enabled us to continue with further investigations for our project.”

The facilities at the university proved invaluable to the girls. They also spent time discussing their project with professional engineers who gave their expertise surrounding the project.

Anushka added: “We all learned a lot from this residential; it was a very interesting and an enjoyable visit and I am glad that I was able to experience it alongside my team members and Dr Leach.”

Head of Physics, Dr Leach, concluded:

“It has been fantastic to see how the girls have developed their technical and team working skills on a project of real importance to their industrial partners. The team will carry on with their experiments back at school, before presenting their findings to industry experts at the review day at the end of April.”


Manchester High School for Girls was ranked by The Times as having the highest percentage of A* to B grades at A-level in the North West in 2016. The School is welcoming applications for admissions into its Sixth Form for September 2017.  Find out more from the Sixth Form Admisions page