PUPILS at Royal Wootton Bassett celebrated International Women in Engineering day in style with a tea party celebrating pupils' success.

The school celebrated the International Women in Engineering day in June, which aims to encourage more women to think of engineering as a career path.

Sarah Day, engineering teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, told the Adver: "There are lots of opportunities out there for women in engineering, especially in Swindon with all the different businesses here. All the girls are really keen and really like it and want to continue with it further.

"The girls really loved it, they can't wait for the next one. Loads of people were generous and baked lots of cakes as well.

"We just got them here at break time and they had a tea party celebration. It was to show that these guys are special and there are lots of opportunities, hopefully encouraging more girls to pick it as a subject in the future."

The tea party was celebrating GCSE students who won engineering apprenticeships, including Tia Holis and George Twine, who are both due to start at Honda in September on a 4-year placement.

"We helped support them through their interviews, they were very excited having got in," she added. "It's a very good company to get that, they've done really well. They were up against a lot of people."

The school will have 220 pupils taking engineering at GCSE and A-level at the school, with around 20 per cent of them female. The average in the industry is around 13 per cent. They hope to repeat the success of this year's event next year and hopes to invite guest speakers.