Enterprise Competition Success

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We are delighted to announce that three of our Year 12 students have been successful in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of an iPad as well as a cheque for £2,500 for the school.

Jessica T, Nermine S and Aleeza H – Team name: Agapé were the winning team members in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West.

They had to prepare a Business Plan to win the backing of the judges who were the CEO and three senior directors of Together Financial Services in Cheadle.

The brief this year was as follows; the students were given a plot of land in central Manchester. It was owned by an acquaintance of theirs who had heard about their business ideas and agreed to be a silent partner by allowing them to use the land to secure funding for their company. The land had been valued at £2 million.

The challenge for our students was to come up with a business idea, and to create a business plan, including funding and budgeting which our judges had already seen prior to the event. They also had to create a presentation to sell their ideas to our judges in an elevator pitch.

The competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs. Gillibrand and Mrs. Gerrard and since then the students have been working on their plan alongside the two other teams from our school who entered the competition.

Three teams completed the challenge and made their pitches in late November and the two successful teams were selected to go through to the finals by a panel which included Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Gerrard and Mr. Murray.

At the finals on Tuesday 4th December our other teams gave wonderful presentations on their ideas and were highly commended for their originality by the judges.      

In choosing their winning team the judges were highly impressed with not only the extremely passionate and professional quality of Agapés presentation but also by the extensive research which went into their business plan. Their idea was to improve the wellbeing of the people of greater Manchester. To do this they wanted funding to help create an app which would provide tips on improving wellbeing, healthy eating recipes, exercise plans and much much more.

The winning team members were delighted with their success and have received a massive boost to their confidence.…as well as their Apple collections. Thank you to Mr. Murray for going with the students to the final and for offering his support and advice.

Mock Trial Success

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A huge congratulations to the Year 12 Mock Trial Team. On Saturday 24th November the Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court and competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls, Stockport Grammar, Urmston Grammar, Manchester High school for Girls and MGS.

All our barristers and witnesses worked tirelessly and performed very well, winning two of their three cases. The judges commented on their excellent preparation, confidence and delivery as well as their ability to think on their feet and be flexible. A very exciting day was had by all!

Well done to Valerie, Jasmine, Ruby, Poppy, Liya, Safa, Liv, Charlotte and Rosie.

Y12 ‘Careers Fortnight’

AspireBetween 5-16th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with PwC and a workshop by Future First, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where students were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aims of the workshops were to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, Careers-fortnight-Manchester-airport-talkand what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers to assemblies to speak about apprenticeships, employability skills, interview skills and visualisation. Ex-students spoke about their particular pathways and students were able to attend careers talks in lessons and at lunchtimes.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this a worthwhile programme.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”