On Monday 26 June our Year 9 pupils took part in Bishop Luffa’s Enterprise Day, a yearly competition held in school in which our pupils pit their enterprise, sales and marketing skills against each other in a Dragon’s Den style format. Helping pupils to think about enterprise and entrepreneurship, Enterprise Day also aims to encourage pupils to think innovatively, and to pit their wits against some very scary Dragons.
Nine business professionals were bought in to mentor our pupils throughout the day, volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds.
- Joe Jeffers, Finance Director, Taylor Made Solutions
- Clive Johnson, Company Director, Essence of Strength
- Mark Schofield, Lead Architect, DXC
- Elise Maynard, Company Director, Elise Maynard Associates
- Anna Christian, Innovation Project Manager, Natures Way Foods
- Hannah Lambourne, Communications Executive, Natures Way Food
- Chris Climpson, Business Development Controller, Tayto Group Ltd
- Marcus Mills, Detective Sgt, Hampshire CID
- Emma Hart, Choose Work Coordinator, Chichester District Council
The pupils were set the task of designing and creating a healthy living product/service. Working in small groups, and with the assistance of their Business Mentor and tutor, the pupils worked tirelessly to design a product or service that they were then given the opportunity to pitch to the Dragons, to win the coveted award of Enterprise Day Champions.
Natures Way Foods sponsored the winner’s trophy, and the winning team also win the prize of a visit to the Natures Way Foods factory - to meet the chefs, to spend some time in the design kitchen and to listen to a Business presentation on careers in the food industry.
There were a variety of fantastic presentations given throughout the day. Some were incredibly fun and entertaining, some very creative, and others very professional. All pupils bought their own sense of character to each presentation, and confidently answered the questions put to them by the Dragons.
The winning team in B half were 9Otter and the winners of the L half of the school were 9Ridgeway.
Otter House were crowned overall champions. Their presentation and service stood out amongst all the others, and from the professional way the pupils spoke and presented to the Dragons, we knew who would be this year’s winners. The winning team were Gemma Etherington, Sophie Waldron, Freya Jones, Ella O'Keeffe and Lydia White.
Enterprise Day was a great success, and all pupils gained a lot from the experience. So too did the Business Mentors, each so happy to have been able to take part, already offering their services again for next year. Below is some of the feedback I received from them.
"The winning team really did a smashing job and should be so proud of themselves. It was great to see such enthusiasm in some of the groups and I feel that there were some real budding entrepreneurs!"
"Thanks so much for inviting us to be Dragons! I loved it."
"It was a pleasure to support the event and well done to you and the school for running such an excellent event for the pupils. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them, and even more rewarding to see that so many found the day of interest. I look forward to supporting at your next Dragons event.."
"Many thanks for inviting us into the school yesterday to help, it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the day and we were honoured to take part. It was a really good insight into the just how the students are thinking and also seeing their confidence grow throughout the sessions."
Business & Enterprise Coordinator