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The Deepings School at the finals of The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

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On Wednesday 4 July we took a group of five Year 9 students to the finals of the prestigious Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, the UK’s largest school’s enterprise education competition.

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is part of the Inspirational Learning Group, whose aim is to provide innovative and enterprising off-timetable events for schools, colleges and universities; engaging, inspiring and motivating students through a range of activities. The Challenge has attracted over 450 schools and 200,000 students since its first challenge was launched back in 2013. Founders, Ben and Mike Dyer said, our aim is to be engaging, inspiring and motivating students to be the best they can be.

The 2018 challenges were set by supporters, Ryman and KidZania. Key Stage 4 students have been designing ‘back to’ marketing campaigns for Ryman and in March all Year 9 students took park in the activities. Competing against 45 other teams, the winning team from the day went on to represent the school at the National Finals, at the Telford International Centre.

The Deepings School competed against 160 schools in this year’s challenge and our team, made up of Ruby Gray, Ruby Carlisle, Thomas Finbow, Evie Alexander, Louis Allen, although a little nervous, were brimming with anticipation and excitement as they joined students from other competing schools at the finals.

Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo were the hosts - best known for being part of dance group, Diversity, who shot to fame when they won Britain’s Got Talent and more recently hosting the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Challenge Ambassador, Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur, retail magnate and well known for his appearances on nine seasons of Dragon’s Den, said “some of the best pitches I’ve seen on The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge over the years have been even better than the ones I saw in the den!”

Linda Taylor, Careers Leader from The Deepings School said, “Developing employability skills and demonstrating an enterprising spirit are so important for all students and we were pleased to have been able to provide these work-related activities to the whole year group.  The finals day saw our team demonstrate resilience and teamwork as they successfully rose to the challenge, preparing a range of display and marketing materials and even using sign language in their presentation! We would like to extend our thanks to our co-sponsors, British Sugar, who helped us to fund the initial activity."

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