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Leek High School host enterprise day

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Below left: The best-dressed pair, Summer Phillips and Joshua Pakeman for the Enterprise Day at Leek High School.

  • Below right: The winning team of the longest-running ride, Reece Austin, Dom Grindey, Will James, Courtney Hambleton and Katie Rushton, at Leek High School.

  • Above: Leek High School students dressed for business as part of the school's Enterprise Day.

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Teenagers at Leek High School swapped their school uniforms for smart suits before they broke up for the summer holidays to take part in an 'Apprentice-style' challenge to learn about the world of business.

John Fernley from Buxton-based Bright Futures took on the role of Lord Alan Sugar when he visited the Springfield Road school to lead Year 10 students in a day of enterprise.

Fourteen-year-old Summer Phillips from Ipstones and Joshua Pakeman, aged 15, from Leek each took home a box of chocolates after being judged the best-dressed students and prizes were also handed out to groups showing the best teamwork and designing the longest running ride in a roller coaster challenge.

Jason Talbot, Brandon Mellor, Samantha Butcher, Chloe Flanders and Jack Evans picked up the teamwork prize for working well together with good communication skills.

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The longest running ride prize went to Reece Austin, Dom Grindey, Will James, Courtney Hambleton and Katie Rushton.

John Fernley said: "This really is a fantastic school. Leek High students are always a pleasure to work with and there are quite a few who showed real negotiation skills. I think there are some future wheeler dealers in this room today and I am overwhelmed by how smartly turned out they all are."

Headteacher John Spencer said: "We have been holding this enterprise event for nine years now and I have no doubt that this year's students are the best turned out crowd we have ever had in school.

"I am very proud of them all."

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