Gosfield School hosted its first ever business competition recently. The day was organised for Year 11 pupils to encourage creativity and enable pupils to demonstrate their communication, teamwork and time management
Teams of students from Tabor Academy, Alec Hunter Academy, Gosfield School and St Mary’s School for Girls took part.
Gosfield School provided Year 12 and 13 Business and Economics students as mentors to support each team.
Pupils formed mini marketing consultancies, developing a marketing strategy for a camping based body and laundry product. Teams had to pitch their final ideas and budget to a panel of Judges who played the role of the Board of Directors.
The teams had four tasks to complete including a pricing strategy and a logo design. Points were awarded for each task with it all to play for during the final pitches.
The winning team with a score of 51 out of a possible 60 points were Tabor Academy. I was really impressed to see the young people of Tabor and the other schools flourish under the pressure of the competition.
Mrs Lizzie Wallace from St Mary’s School for Girls in Colchester said; “The competition today encouraged a wide variety of skills including business modelling, art work, communication, maths and improvisation”.
The winning and second placed teams were awarded with Amazon vouchers and the school was awarded £100 to use for resources within the Department.
Mrs Catherine Redfern, Director of Studies at Gosfield School, is looking forward to making the competition an annual event; “It was fantastic to see pupils from local schools rising to the various challenges with maturity and professionalism. They all demonstrated and developed a number of employability skills including teamwork, communication and working to deadlines and should be very proud of both their team and individual performances”. Tabor staff and students very much look forward to taking part in this event in the future.
Mr Halstead, Head of Business Studies