Pupils’ net work in the dragons’ den

L-R Jill Fenwick, Some of the Newminster pupils, Rachel Bowler, Ruth Oldfield
L-R Jill Fenwick, Some of the Newminster pupils, Rachel Bowler, Ruth Oldfield

ENTERPRISING pupils are on the superhighway to business success after braving the dragons’ den.

Children from Newminster Middle School in Morpeth have been pitching their web design business ideas to a panel of experts in the Young Entrepreneur Competition.

The contest has been organised by Northumberland design studio Lazy Grace to show the Year 7 pupils that they don’t have to go to Newcastle or London to secure a career in the industry.

The first stage of the competition saw youngsters presenting their ideas in their class groups, with the best two from each class going through to the ‘Dragons’ Den’ and explaining their concepts to a judging panel made up of The Sewing Box shop owner Jill Fenwick, Glendale Children’s Countryside Day Event Manager Ruth Oldfield and Lazy Grace Project Manager Ian McAllister.

ICT Consultant Curriculum Leader Rachel Bowler said: “The students were quite nervous, but very focused and eager to get their ideas across to the three judges.

“It was fantastic that local business people have given up their time to come and see what the students have done.

“The students have never had an opportunity to present their ideas like this before and I know they gained much from the experience.”

The pupils are now designing and creating websites for their businesses in time for the judges’ return to the school when they will decide the winning team.

The final round takes place on Thursday, April 3.

The winners will receive a trophy, iTunes vouchers, and work experience at Lazy Grace. The chosen website will be hosted by Lazy Grace for a year.