Students face the Dragons

Students at King's School are taking part in a Dragon's Den style challenge.Julie Hollings (Balfour Beatty) and Julie O'Brien (event organiser) with one of the teams taking part.
Students at King's School are taking part in a Dragon's Den style challenge.Julie Hollings (Balfour Beatty) and Julie O'Brien (event organiser) with one of the teams taking part.

BUDDING talent scouts reps had the chance to flex their managerial muscles during a Dragons’ Den style stand-off.

Pupils at Pontefract’s The King’s School took part in a teamwork challenge which saw them put together and promote a fictional band to a panel of judges.

Ten teams of students were given just two hours to choose band members, design promotional material such as T-shirts and posters, and write a marketing strategy to present to the “Dragons”.

Joint winners emerged from the workshop – New Generation, who went “above and beyond” the brief by producing a rap song, and 6Teen, who designed “fantastic” publicity material.

Deputy headteacher and fellow judge, Barbara Tibbetts, said: “6Teen were amazing, their work was outstanding, and New Generation really stood out from the others in providing something a bit different. All the teams dealt with it fantastically, they all learnt a lot and got involved in taking a band and promoting it to the judges.

“It was a great success, they will be doing it again.”

The event was organised to give children a taste of the working world and to encourage them to develop entreupenrial skills.

Mentors from the business community attended, including Balfour Beatty’s regeneration officer, Julie Hollings.