Engineering students in Oldham are learning about how to build a new house in their back yard in the countryside.
The school, in north-east England, was founded in 1888 by John Smith, a member of the Royal Engineers, to help students learn the basics of engineering.
But it’s only recently that it has grown into a professional learning environment for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Teachers have even set up a new site to host lessons for engineering students in their local area.
“It’s been quite a bit of work and a lot of hard work to put it together,” Mr Smith said.
“It was a bit like putting a new roof on a barn and it’s not quite there yet.”
I think a lot has happened since I first started in this field.
“In terms of getting young people interested in the engineering profession, the school has really caught the imagination of the people I have been in contact with, the teachers, the staff.”
“It has got to be one of the best schools I have ever been involved in and it is a great place to get the hands-on learning.”
Mr Smith is a passionate and highly qualified teacher who has been involved with the school for more than 30 years.
“The school is a fantastic place to start and it does give people the opportunity to be involved in the workforce,” he said.
“The staff are very professional and you have to be a very hard-working person.”
For us to build it we had to have an excellent technical programme.
“We have a very good mix of students and staff who can learn the skills that are needed.”
Students have taken part in a two-day technical course, which includes practical projects, which will give them a real-world understanding of the design and construction of the new home.
“You can get to grips with the basics and then the things that can really help you in the real world, the things like plumbing and electrical,” said Mr Smith.
Students who have completed the course will then move on to a second, two-week course which is designed to give them an understanding of a construction project.
“There are a lot more things that you need to know and do, and the things you are not familiar with can actually help you on the way,” he added.
“When you are building a house you can see how it will fit together.”
“The new house is going to be big.
There are going to a lot different areas of the house.”
Students will also be given hands-ons in the construction of various building materials, such as timber, concrete and steel.
“They are going through a bit more of the process of the construction and the materials that are going into it.”
You want them to have the skills to take on new projects and have confidence in their skills.”