St Richards School

Dover schoolchildren help to design P&O Ferries' ferry of the future

MORE than 100 local children at St Richard's Catholic Primary School in Dover took the opportunity to tell P&O Ferries what its next generation of ships should look like when the local company came to visit last week (Tuesday 12th September).

P&O Ferries is celebrating 180 years since the foundation of P&O and has embarked on a programme of visits to local schools as part of its Ferry of the Future competition, in which children are invited to design a new ship.

The children at St Richard's, who were aged between seven and 11, came up with  ideas including a ship designed to look like a turtle (with solar panels on its back), a dinosaur and a horse respectively. 

Questions which the children asked included 'How many people can sail on board?', 'What are ships made of?' and 'Who was the most famous person to sail with P&O Ferries?'.

Alex Good, Assistant Headteacher at St Richard's Catholic Primary School, said: "The children were engaged and excited and they asked scientific questions about ships and how they are built. All the children took part in the designing of a Ferry of the Future and there were some fantastic designs. Thank you to P&O Ferries for coming in to the school."

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, added: "The children seemed interested to learn that when P&O's first ship, the William Fawcett, set sail for the continent in 1837 there was no telephone and no cameras - both had been invented since the company was founded. Our presentation showed them how ships are designed today and what current materials look like. With regard to their own ideas, we encouraged them to think that the sky was the limit."

The Ferry of the Future competition runs until 12th October. P&O Ferries is offering prizes of six free crossings to Calais for two people to the best entries. Anyone can enter via Facebook at

P&O Ferries' stakeholder project offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community.  This is a totally free initiative.  The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects.  It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.


Posted on 19/09/2017