A group of students from The Castle School and Marlwood School were presented with their work and certificates at a celebratory event held at Essilor in Thornbury.

The students spent half a day a week, over the course of six weeks, working with experts from the company’s laboratory on the Thornbury Industrial Estate to design and produce a telescope, microscope, spyglass, handmade specs and a focimeter.

Essilor MD Mike Kirkley was joined by Thornbury Mayor Cllr Helen Harrison to present the students with the certificates and models in front of a crowd of parents and teachers.

 Mr Kirkley said:  “Working with the Castle School and Marlwood, we have a fantastic opportunity to help make a difference to these young and talented individuals.

 "We hope they have also learnt about the importance of teamwork, effective communication and problem-solving. Bringing together these skills, they have designed and built these wonderful precision instruments, which we are very pleased to hand over to the schools today.”

This partnership is a real success story. It embraces Essilor, the schools, parents and the community.