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Innovative pupils demonstrate excellent enterprising ability


Pupils in First and Second Year took part in enterprising challenges that tested their creative, planning and presentation skills.

Second Year Enterprise Challenge

With a brief to ‘design an innovative, new product which offers a new use for air products gas cylinders which can no longer be used for gas storage’, Second Year pupils got to work to come up with their own creations.

Congratulations to Beatrice Downing who was named as the overall winner with her ‘Green Bea’ idea.

The hanging planter creation – which went forward to represent SGS and compete against other schools in The National Enterprise Challenge – was described as “cost effective”, a “great product” with a “catchy and clever company name” and it had a “beautiful presentation”.

Other form winners – in a competition that saw a remarkable range of ideas – were Amber Sullivan, Mia Krywonos, Jasmine Cort, Evie Poor, Shania Broderick and Cahner Walsh.

After being impressed by Beatrice’s work, Old Stopfordian and Graphic Designer Matt Hallworth (OS 2004) kindly offered to give Beatrice’s ideas the professional touch – an offer that she was delighted to accept!

Matt used his excellent creative talents to provide amazing mock-ups of the product and the ‘Green Bea’ logo.

To find out more about Matt’s work, click here.

First Year Enterprise Day

First Year pupils were tasked with creating a new attraction at Alton Towers as part of their Enterprise Day.

The day, which is part of The National Enterprise Challenge, saw pupils create a target customer, design and cost a new attraction and consider how they will market their new attraction to customers before uploading their ideas to an online platform.

Rosa Hughes was chosen as the overall winner and the judges said: “Her ‘Kraken’ ride was incredibly original, well thought out and cleverly designed. The way she had thought about the costing and the advertising was also very impressive. Her final pitch was slick – she spoke so fluently without notes.”

Winners in the other forms were Bella Clark, Lily Groves, Toby Wells, Lily Cook, Jessica Pennington and Minnie Perkin.

Young Enterprise

SGS’ representatives in this year’s Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year Awards were Upcycled, a business which produced decorative items made from disposed of CDs and DVDs in order to reduce e-waste within the community.

Their idea impressed a panel of business people at PwC earlier in the year and they progressed through to the Greater Manchester County Final – for the fifth year in a row – after winning over the judges and picking up the ‘Best Customer Service Award’ at the Stockport and Tameside Showcase Event.

In the Greater Manchester County Final the team were bestowed with the ‘Sustainability Award’ with judges impressed by efforts to stop CDs and DVDs – which were turned into items such as mosaics and coasters – going to landfill.