Numbers add up for high school students

The KEVI team receive their prize for winning the regional heat.
The KEVI team receive their prize for winning the regional heat.

A team of Morpeth teenagers beat off competition from nine other schools to win the regional stage of a national contest.

The King Edward VI School students were successful at the Business Accounting Skills Education competition heat at Newcastle University.

It is run by ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) to give young people a taste of the key skills needed in the sector and raise awareness of the different types of finance-related careers that are available.

Assuming the role of ICAEW Chartered Accountants, the students taking part in the competition had just less than two hours to analyse, discuss and decide the next business steps of a fictional organisation before presenting their ideas to a panel of business professionals.

A range of firms, including Bell Anderson Accountants, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), the National Audit Office, Tait Walker and Ryecroft Glenton, provided professional mentors and judges.

Head judge Nick Lambert, finance director at Orchard Information Systems, said: “In the presentations, we looked for the ethical and financial data to support the decisions.

“King Edward VI School showed excellent teamwork and role allocation in delivering a very comprehensive recommendation.”

The mentor of the winning team, Hayley Lewis from the National Audit Office, said: “I am delighted that the KEVI students were the winners of this heat.

“They delegated specific tasks, but stayed focused on the outcome that was required of the group as a whole.”

The KEVI team will represent their region at the national final in Birmingham, which will take place on June 25.