‘It was in­cred­i­ble and worth all the work’

Che­sham pupils – and teacher – jump for joy at en­ter­prise fi­nals

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Four teams, two KS3 and two KS4, from Che­sham Gram­mar School com­peted against young peo­ple from across the coun­try in front of some of busi­ness’s big­gest names at Don­caster Race­course for the Grand Fi­nals of the Ry­man Na­tional En­ter­prise Chal­lenge, sup­ported by Kingswood.

The 2016 chal­lenges saw Che­sham Gram­mar School’s year nine and 10 stu­dents tasked with cre­at­ing the ul­ti­mate school-based busi­ness, in­spired by cur­rent am­bas­sador Theo Paphi­tis’ first taste of busi­ness run­ning his school’s tuck­shop.

Young pupils in year seven and eight were given the chal­lenge of de­sign­ing a new out­door at­trac­tion for Kingswood’s out­door Dearne Val­ley ac­tiv­ity cen­tre in York­shire.

Pop­u­lar youth tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties Dick and Dom hosted the Grand Fi­nals, which saw fi­nal­ists from each par­tic­i­pat­ing school pit their wits and best busi­ness schemes against one another be­fore judge and am­bas­sador Theo Paphi­tis in the hope of be­ing awarded the hon­our of na­tional cat­e­gory win­ner.

This year, more than 30,000 pupils from across the UK took part in the chal­lenge.

The cat­e­gories that Che­sham Gram­mar School’s teams com­peted for at this year’s fi­nals in­cluded: KS4 Win­ner, KS3 Win­ner, Most En­ter­pris­ing School, Most En­ter­pris­ing Teacher, Most En­ter­pris­ing Boy KS4, Most En­ter­pris­ing Girl KS4, Most En­ter­pris­ing Boy KS3, Most En­ter­pris­ing Girl KS3

One of Che­sham Gram­mar School’s KS3 teams, made-up of year seven pupils, was run­nerup in the ul­ti­mate fi­nal with the school’s teacher in charge of en­ter­prise An­to­nia Tho­day win­ning the Most En­ter­pris­ing Teacher award.

Sam Hem­mings, a mem­ber of the run­ners-up team said: “It took us three hours to get to Don­caster and we had to wait un­til nearly 1pm to present to the three judges. We got to the fi­nal and were run­ner­sup.

“I learned how to work well in a team and it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I will never for­get it!”

Pippa As­ton, also in the run­ners-up team said: “It was in­cred­i­ble and well worth all the work! It took a long time to get this far, but I en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment of it. We made a model and poster which we used to help pitch our idea to the judges.

“I never imag­ined we would get this far, but when our name was called out I was over­joyed!”

Pupils Tahlia Ci­chon, Pippa As­ton, Harry Mabbs, Ethan Dow­ley and Sam Hem­mings and teacher An­to­nia Tho­day who won the Most En­ter­pris­ing Teacher award

Che­sham Gram­mar School pupils at the Ry­man Na­tional En­ter­prise Chal­lenge Grand Fi­nals, held at Don­caster Race­course

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