Our final project plan competition of the year was kindly hosted by law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP at their Fleet Street offices on Friday. Six teams from Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, and London Academy in Edgware competed by presenting their projects to our panel of judges and the audience.

The quality of the presentations, and the confidence with which they were presented really impressed the judges who eventually had to give two top prizes, whilst highly commending all the entries. Cardinal Pole School have been taking part in the Enabling Business programme this year, which is all about learning the basics of business through lesson time and through partnerships with top businesses. The winning business was a personalised card company, La Scheda, whilst highly commended were a designed cup company who had sold over 50 mugs already, and Doughnut Kings whose high profitability was unfortunately brought to earth by their school’s Healthy Eating policy.

London Academy have been involved in our Enabling Maths programme, which is about choosing a new sport for the Olympics, and through that carrying out market research and data analysis, designing a venue using shape and space work, and building a viable financial model for the games. Our winning sport was Zorbing – a series of challenges completed by athletes in giant hamster balls! Other worthy runners up included Sky Fencing – a creative combination of Sky-Diving and Fencing which raised Health & Safety concerns amongst the judges – and Aqua Kick Ball, combining spectators’ dual loves of football and swimming.

Thanks to Freshfields for hosting the day, and to all the teachers, judges and students who made it such a great event!

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