Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School Young Apprentice Challenge
Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School recently held their annual Apprentice Challenge, in a bid to find some budding entrepreneurs. The Apprentice Challenge is a popular and successful initiative that has run at the school for the past three years; it is enjoyed by both teachers and pupils alike.
Pupils in Class 5 are provided with a £3 loan for their business, with the exciting challenge to create and execute a business plan. Over the course of three months, pupils worked extremely hard to design, devise and build a business with innovative products that they brought to market. Products ranged from a large variety of Christmas gifts, crafts, decorations, quirky key rings to a Photo Booth, Beanie teddies and room sprays. Pupils used a number of creative tools to market and sell their products including hiring stalls at the School’s Christmas Fayre, social media and various marketing literature and advertisements.
After three gruelling months, the challenge culminated in the pupils presenting their business plans, products and results to a boardroom of Judges. The standard of presentations was outstanding, every pupil’s hard work and dedication paid dividends, with the young moguls raising an incredible profit of £2,663. This money will be spent on several charitable donations, a trip to a theme park and providing valuable resources for the school.
The initial day ‘in the boardroom ‘ resulted in four finalists, these business masterminds were Ella Neale, Sophia Kelly, Lucia O’Donnell and Ember Garner -Wood and Isabel Phillips and Katie Hutton. These finalists would have to endure another presentation the following week, highlighting why they should win and provide a further business plan detailing how they could expand their business. Plus face another grilling from the judging panel.
It was an extremely hard decision to choose a winner from all of the talented finalists, but after careful consideration and painstaking deliberation Isabel and Katie and their Barkston Beanies Business (K and I designs) was crowned ‘Young Apprentice 2017’.
Mr Power, Headteacher says “The whole class worked incredibly hard to create profitable and successful businesses. The quality of their presentations were outstanding and they have clearly learnt a lot about how business works. Their overall profit is fantastic and they will now be deciding how best to use that money to help the school and both the local and wider community. Well done, Class 5!”