Enterprising Mildenhall students make challenge finals

Pupils from Mildenhall College Academy have made it through to the final of the Ryman's National Entrprise Challenge ANL-150502-120913001
Pupils from Mildenhall College Academy have made it through to the final of the Ryman's National Entrprise Challenge ANL-150502-120913001
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A group of budding entrepreneurs from a Mildenhall school have made it through to the finals of the National Enterprise Challenge.

The year nine pupils from Mildenhall College Academy were among 30,000 students taking part in this year’s competition, supported by entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den panellist Theo Paphitis and sponsored by his stationery company Ryman and Alton Towers.

Around 1,500 are expected to attend the national finals at Alton Towers in July, where 160 schools will present their ideas and fight for the title.

The students were set the task of designing either a new attraction for the theme park or a new school bag for Ryman.

The academy’s faculty leader for business and IT, Lorna Willingham, said: “The students took part in an enterprise activity, to come up with a unique selling point for a roller coaster for Alton Towers. We spent a day designing it, and the next step is going to the national finals.

“I think the pupils are quite nervous, but we are going to work with them to build up their portfolio and their presentation skills.”