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Herts schools top £13,000 for local charities in Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge

Teams of Year 12 students from schools across St Albans and Harpenden succeeded in raising more than £13,000 for local charities in this year’s Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. At the final pitch event hosted by the University of Hertfordshire Social Enterprise Unit, Team Cohesion from St Albans Girls School were crowned overall winners and presented £1,683 to The Abbeyfield Society, which provides care and support for older people. The team of seven girls earned this money by organising a range of events,

including a joint school disco with Verulam School, a senior citizens Christmas party and a quiz night, with support and guidance of their ’Dragon’, Alexander Neale from Debenhams Ottaway. The team also walked away with a trophy for being the Best Managed Team and an award designing and creating the best poster. The four teams who made it to the

finals presented their business achievements in the main University auditorium and were quizzed by a

panel of SuperDragons representing local business, voluntary sector, local government and higher education. In addition to the overall winners, other awards were presented on the

night. Team Affinity, also from St Albans Girls’ School, won the trophy for earning the most money – with a staggering total of £3,921 for its charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). The award for closest co- operation with their charity was won by Team Illusion from Sir John Lawes in Harpenden for its work with Carers in Hertfordshire; and the most innovative team was named as Team Chic from Oaklands College in St Albans for overcoming adversity and running three events in six weeks to raise money for St Albans & District Talking Newspaper. Each team was given £100 back in September with the challenge to come

up with a business plan and ideas to turn this investment into £1,000 or more for their designated charities, with the help of their mentors. All the profit earned goes directly to the charities or community groups.

Loughborough High School students praised in excellent inspection

Students at Loughborough High School have been praised as “eloquent, confident and well- educated individuals” in a recent inspection. Visited by the Independent Schools

Inspectorate the school, one of four in the Loughborough Endowed Schools Foundation, achieved an excellent rating across all eight categories. The categories cover every aspect of school life:

pupil achievement, extra-curricular opportunities, quality of teaching, personal development of pupils, pastoral care, health and safety, governance and leadership. In particular, the inspection lauded the girls

themselves, saying, “Pupils leave the school ready to face the challenges which lie before them, and are equipped to face the demands of life beyond school, becoming active citizens of the 21st century.” Inspectors also praised the quality of teaching and leadership, which they noted “fulfils the aims

of the school to provide an excellent academic education in a caring and supportive atmosphere.” As a result, it was identified that all students

make excellent progress, whatever their ability, with exam results well above average in comparison with other selective schools. Inspectors observed that pupils felt encouraged

and inspired at Loughborough High School, “speak[ing] warmly of the relationship they have with their teachers and feel particularly well supported by them”. Gwen Byrom, Headteacher of Loughborough

High School, said, “The inspection result is a testament to our girls. With high self-esteem and individual self-development being cited as particularly impressive, our pupils leave Loughborough High School with a strong sense of who they are as people, and what they are capable of.” Recognition was also given to the school’s

effective careers guidance, giving pupils the transferable skills and confidence to follow their desired paths. Mrs Byrom added, “In today’s society, it is

becoming more common for our students to follow multiple different directions over the course of their career. So the fact that the inspection recognised our ability to instill a sense of confidence for the girls to follow their ambition – but with the flexibility to cope with changes in their careers – was fantastic.”

Hunter Hall pupils attend National Cross Country Championship

Four pupils from represented Hunter Hall School in Penrith in the prestigious IAPS National Preparatory Cross Country Championships held at Malvern School, Worcestershire on Sunday 13th March. 1000 competitors from over 80 schools

took part, with over 300 runners in each category. The weather had improved, so was ideal for cross country; however was still very wet and muddy in parts. The runners from Hunter Hall School

included Eve Mckeown and Olivia Corbishley 10

in the girl’s race and Lewis Elliott and Harry Ewbank in the boys. The boys were competing against David and Victoria Beckham’s son, Romeo who attends Wetherby Preparatory School.

The results were: Lewis in 102nd place, time 11:56 Harry in 151st place, time 12:16 Eve in 177th place, time 10:33 Olivia in 251st place, time 11:52 April 2016

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