Thorpe Hall Goes to Wembley!

On 10th July , a team of four budding business stars from Thorpe Hall School are off to Wembley Stadium to compete in the final showdown of the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, for the chance to present on the world-famous stage in front of ‘Dragon’s Den’ celebrity Theo Paphitis and a VIP judging panel.

How did they get here?

On 22nd May 2019, the whole of Years 9 and 10 at Thorpe Hall School took part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, an exciting and innovative enterprise programme open to all secondary schools in the UK. Taking place over the course of a day, children worked in teams on fun and engaging real life business challenges, set by the businesses supporting the challenge this year.

The Challenge this year?

Working in conjunction with The FA, the 2019 challenge is to create an event or competition to increase female participation in football.

At Thorpe Hall School, over 80 pupils took part in teams of 4, assigning project managers and using each other’s strengths and skills to not only come up with ideas but also outline finances, growth strategies, marketing plans and logistics.

At the end of the day, one team was crowned the overall winner, and selected to go to the Finals at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 10th July.

What happens at Wembley?

 240 qualifying teams from schools from across the country will come together for the finals in Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 10th July. Alongside some fantastic entertainment and invaluable networking opportunities, the teams also compete X-Factor style in a final showdown to make the final. Finalists then have the amazing opportunity to present on the Wembley stage in front of “Dragon” and Challenge Ambassador Theo Paphitis and a panel of VIP judges.

An exceptional event and true celebration of enterprise, the national finals day offers high levels of enrichment to our entrepreneurial students. School teams come together brimming with excitement and anticipation as they compete against each other on the ideas they have worked hard to create.

As well as promoting the spirit of entrepreneurialism and transferrable skills, taking part in The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge can enable schools to meet some of the Gatsby benchmarks; giving every student who takes part a meaningful employer encounter through the real-life business challenges, as well as developing key skills that are valued in the workplace and will prepare them for life in modern Britain, which is a key focus of the Government’s career strategy.

The overall winning team will see their idea brought to life. We wish our team, and their Roller-Football “Get Your Heels on Wheels” idea the best of luck!