Good bud­dies cre­ate buzz in busi­ness world


AS­CHOOL has scooped a spe­cial award for its in­spi­ra­tional busi­ness fo­cused cur­ricu­lum.

All Hal­lows Academy head­teacher Tony Billings was pre­sented with the tro­phy to recog­nise the school’s busi­ness rich cur­ricu­lum which ac­tively en­cour­ages pupils to think like en­trepreneurs.

The school man­ages its own farm rear­ing live­stock for meat, chick­ens for eggs – which are sold on the premises – and last year in­tro­duced a bee hive and raf­fling off the pre­cious honey for profit.

They re­ceived the award from the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses – the UK’s largest sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion for small and medium en­ter­prises.

All Hal­lows’ Head­teacher Tony Billings said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to be recog­nised by a lead­ing busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion and know the work we do is held in such high re­gard.

“It’s im­por­tant pupils – the em­ploy­ers of to­mor­row – have work place skills and those who are busi­ness minded can grow their skills.

“Our cur­ricu­lum also teaches good busi­ness ethics and sus­tain­abil­ity – this is some­thing that’s very much at the heart of what we are try­ing to in­stil in the pupils and it’s where our farm is a great teach­ing tool.”

All Hal­lows one of the first schools in the coun­try to seek spe­cial­ism sta­tus in busi­ness in 2006.

When spe­cial­ist fund­ing was with­drawn in 2010, the school sought academy sta­tus so it could con­tinue to de­liver learn­ing with a busi­ness fo­cus.

It re­mains one of just a hand­ful of schools na­tion­ally to teach busi­ness stud­ies from Year 7 up­wards, and now also vis­its lo­cal pri­mary schools to spread the en­tre­pre­neur­ial mes­sage to Key Stage 2 chil­dren.

The FSB’s Re­gional chair­man for Manch­ester & North Cheshire, Simon Ed­mond­son, said: “All Hal­lows is do­ing bril­liant work by en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to think and be­have like real en­trepreneurs and, ul­ti­mately, one day be suc­cess­ful busi­ness own­ers them­selves.

“The school are also do­ing it in a fun and en­gag­ing way, and it’s quite clear to see the busi- ness rich cur­ricu­lum they of­fer is very much en­joyed by the pupils, from Year 7 right through to sixth form.

“We need more schools like this to en­sure that the UK econ­omy has the right tal­ent com­ing through for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

He added: “All Hal­lows are do­ing a great job of en­cour­ag­ing an en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind­set in pupils, and pro­vid­ing young­sters with the con­fi­dence to take a busi­ness idea for­ward. For this, they are wor­thy re­cip­i­ents of our Busi­ness Buddy Award.”

●● All Hal­lows head­teacher Tony Billings with Jane Lynch, the school’s fac­ulty leader for busi­ness, IT and en­ter­prise

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