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Students stand up to dragons at Westwood College

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Left to right, IT Project Manager Neil Shenton,and Lynn Walker from the Co-Operative Bank, who were judges on the day.

  • Pictured are two of the pupils who took part, Olivia Armstrong, 14, and Nathan Treacy, 14.

  • From left, IT Project Manager Neil Shenton, Olivia Armstrong, aged 14, Nathan Treacy, aged 14, and Lynn Walker from the Co-Operative Bank.

  • Left to right, IT Project Manager Neil Shenton, Olivia Armstrong, 14, Nathan Treacy, 14, and Lynn Walker from the Co-Operative Bank.

  • Left to right, IT Project Manager Neil Shenton, Olivia Armstrong, 14, Nathan Treacy, 14, and Lynn Walker from the Co-Operative Bank.

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The 'Dragons' Den' came to Westwood College in Leek for a two-day business enterprise initiative.

All 200 Year Nine students explored business ideas as part of their Enterprise Challenge Days.

The college welcomed six 'dragons' from local businesses including the Co-operative Bank, Buckingham's Nursery, Vaultex and Westwood First School, who shared their business expertise.

Teams were presented with the task of developing an original idea to promote the college. Helped and encouraged at every stage by their 'dragons', students researched their proposal before creating models or illustrations of their product.

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At the end of the day, each team entered the 'Dragons' Den' to pitch their idea to two of the dragons.

A spokesman at Westwood College said: "Student designs were impressive in their originality, with project ideas including a Westwood 'app', summer festival, school radio station and spooky ghost tours around the college. Final votes were cast, winning teams announced and certificates presented. The following morning, winners from both days had the opportunity to present their ideas to the college's senior management, who will decide if these ideas can be put into practice in the future.

"The event was a real success, thanks to the energy and creativity of the students and the commitment and enthusiasm of all visiting dragons."

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