Students prove an enterprising hit

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ENTERPRISING students proved a big success when they did well at a national challenge - coming fourth out of 200 schools.

A team of Year 9 pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, travelled down to Staffordshire to compete in the grand final of the National Enterprise Challenge.

The bright pupils were joined by their teacher, Mrs Hayley Hughes.

School staff have praised the teenagers for their hard work and enterprising skills. The team was made up of Isabella Starling, Matthew Windram, Jennifer Cope, Joel Barry, Olivia Bennison and Patrick Mulvey.

Their project was to present their idea of a new flip-flop range, to add to the already successful ‘Gandy’s’ flip-flop brand.

The team were successful in competing against 200 other teams from across the country and they managed to secure a place in the final four.

Pupils had to pitch their idea to an audience of 1,000 people, including several high profile judges including Theo Paphitis from the popular BBC television series Dragon’s Den.

Mr Lee, headteacher at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, said: “To get into the national final was a great achievement but to make it to the last four was even more remarkable.

“Especially when you consider our students were competing against older students.

“We certainly have some amazing future entrepreneurs in our midst.

“Congratulations to all of the students and particular thanks to their business and enterprise teacher, Mrs Hayley Hughes.”