Dragon judges na­tional fi­nal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Max Bar­row, age 12, Che­sham Gram­mar School year seven pupil

ON WED­NES­DAY, July 8, my col­leagues Anna, Kitty, Mar­ius, Jack Bow­ers and Jack Beilby and I, at­tended the Ry­man Na­tional En­ter­prise Chal­lenge, held at Alton Tow­ers.

We all had a fan­tas­tic day at the re­sort and we were all very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

We started our day by get­ting up early to get to school for 6.45am and then trav­elled for three-and-a-half hours to get to the re­sort.

When we ar­rived, we gath­ered our mod­els and posters and made our way to our meet­ing point to find out where we would be mak­ing our first pre­sen­ta­tion.

There were about 160 groups so we had to wait un­til 2pm to find out if we had reached the grand fi­nal.

We were all de­lighted when we heard that we were one of the lucky few – only four schools in our age group got through to the fi­nal. As soon as we heard our name – Prime Satchels – be­ing called out, we had to go and have our pho­to­graph taken and then pre­pared our­selves for the fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion, which was in front of a panel of judges, in­clud­ing Theo Paphi­tis, and the whole of the other 160 groups – more than 900 peo­ple – ac­tu­ally, it went rather smoothly!

Fi­nally, there was the award cer­e­mony but, an­noy­ingly, we did not win. How­ever, we learned a lot and had a great time and were very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.


FI­NAL­ISTS: Stu­dents from Che­sham Gram­mar School joined more than a thou­sand stu­dents hop­ing to im­press for­mer Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphi­tis at the fi­nals of a na­tional

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