Wild card team win Dragon’s Den at Wendover

Wendover C of E Juniour School Year 5 Team up in Groups and Pitch Ideas and Buildings to Mrs Glazier, Mr Walsh, Mrs Guy and C4i WO Curtis in a Dragon's Den Style.
Wendover C of E Juniour School Year 5 Team up in Groups and Pitch Ideas and Buildings to Mrs Glazier, Mr Walsh, Mrs Guy and C4i WO Curtis in a Dragon's Den Style.
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Pupils at Wendover School took part in a Dragon’s Den style event.

They were allocated an amount of money and ‘bought’ items such as cardboard boxes, toilet roll holders, bubble wrap and sponge material, then set to work constructing a leisure complex, hotel or other business.

Warrant Officer Simon Curtis, from RAF Halton’s Communication Squadron, was invited to judge the event along with Emma Guy, a local architect, Angela Glazier, school governor and Tom Walsh, chair of Wendover Parish Council.

There were six finalists and one wild card, chosen by the judges beforehand, who made a Dragon’s Den style pitch to the judges and answered questions about their project before judging began. Before the pitch they were given business cards made by the groups.

Warrant Officer Curtis said: “Some fantastic ideas and models, it was clear an enormous amount of work had gone into each individual pitch. Some clever concepts, and perhaps some entrepreneurs in the making.”

The groups were Message, a water park with 5 Star hotel. TBTP, The Best Theme Park;Dream Designers, who offered a Movie Mansion near the sea.; Alien Arcade, a structure in Los Angeles with Disney themed attractions; TIED, a mosaic styled temple; De Gateau, a multi-million entertainment building; and the wild card, Ben Jones group who offered the Sea, Sand and Sun Company, a leisure centre complex with restaurants.

The judges deliberated and announced in third place came TIED, second place went to Message and first place for their design skills and sales techniques, went to the wild card, Sun, Sea and Sand Company.

Teacher, Rachel Stanley said: “I would just like to thank the panel of judges for coming to our Dragon’s Den competition. The children really gained a lot from the experience and were engaged in the learning from start to finish. The project gave the children a context for their learning, which I think they really benefited from. Having external judges really motivated them to try really hard with their writing. The experience also gave the children chance to work on their collaborative skills.”