Pupils show they are no mugs...

ENTERPRISING students have shown they are no mugs when it comes to running their own business.

A group of nine Year 10 pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, set up their own business called Triple B as part of their BTEC qualification in Business and Workskills.

As part of the course, youngsters had to set up and run a social enterprise, work in a team, hold meetings, meet deadlines and targets and produce a product, which in their case was a selection of school mugs.

The youngsters started working on the project last September and they presented the finished products in front of 200 people at a full staff meeting in early January.

The group was made up of Lewis Dawson-Weatherill, Robbie Hammond, Troy Handisides, Matthew Harrison, Joshua O’Beirne, Reece Sanderson, Dylan Weighill, Aaron Wintersgill and Luke Wood.

Triple B stood for BTEC Business Boys and school staff said group members had a great time working together to create their own business.

Deborah Egglestone, head of business and enterprise, said: “The pupils knew the school had the equipment to produce designs and print onto mugs so they asked to have a meeting with the headteacher Michael Lee.

“After several Dragons Den-style meetings and lots of negotiations Mr Lee agreed to let the group design and produce some English Martyrs School mugs.

“They signed a contract with Mr Lee to produce three designs, 70 mugs for each design, to be used in the staff room and to give to visitors to the school.

“The students then delivered a presentation to the whole staff and handed over the finished mugs to Mr Lee, one of which had been signed by the nine students in the group.

“They took ownership of the project from the first day and this was a fantastic example of students working well together and using their initiative.”

The three designs were based on the school’s house blocks and to celebrate the school receiving the international school award for the 2009-2012 period.

The BTEC qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs.