‘It was incredible and worth all the work’
Chesham pupils – and teacher – jump for joy at enterprise finals
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