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Bright Stars 2015… the results are in!



Posted: March 17th, 2015

Over the past couple of months David Allen have been proudly supporting Centre for Leadership and Performance’s Bright Stars initiative.  After all of the participating school’s hard work, the winner of the competition has finally been announced. 

The Bright Stars initiative was launched in order to encourage business flair in primary school children across Cumbria.  Schools are partnered with a local organisation for support and given £50 with the challenge of making this initial investment grow as much as possible, with all funds raised going to the school’s chosen charity.  

David Allen were delighted to take part in Bright Stars and were partnered with Lowther Endowed School in Hackthorpe near Penrith.  We were very proud of our school who threw themselves into the programme and got busy creating posters and invitations for raffles, organising a cinema night and getting ready for their lively ‘dance the day away’ event.

I was invited to take part in the judging of the competition and was joined by representatives from the other partnering companies and local businesses with Alex Wilkinson, Executive Officer of the Cumbria Primary Headteachers’ Association acting as head judge.  Each of the judges were given summaries of the exciting activities each school had been up to as part of the programme and we were then asked to vote on which school we thought deserved to win with categories for best effort, best example of leadership, best business idea and judge’s favourite.

The overall winner of the competition and the £1,000 grand prize, was awarded to the school that raised the most funds using their original £50. 

The judging was difficult as the schools had taken part in a wonderful variation of imaginative activities and as a group they had all shown real business flair.  From the combined judge’s feedback the winners of the different categories were:

Best effort

Arlecdon Primary School, Frizington, who organised and took part in a fashion show asking people to donate old clothes for them to up-cycle.

Best example of leadership

Ramsden Infant School, Barrow, who created infant wardens who took charge of the project.

Best business idea

Warcop C of E School, Appleby-In-Westmorland, who ran a photo booth event using fun props.

Judges choice

Petteril Bank School, Carlisle, who organised a race day for model and kit cars.  

This leaves one category remaining and it’s the big one…

The overall winner…

We were delighted to find that the overall winner of the competition was Lowther Endowed School – our partner school! 

We are so proud of all of the pupils and staff at the school who worked so hard and came up with some fantastic ideas.  Not only did they have a lot of fun but they also raised an incredible £3,695.60 for the Great North Air Ambulance.  A HUGE well done to all!

Bright Stars is a fantastic initiative that gives the next generation of business entrepreneurs the chance to work together and think outside the box to creating their own mini businesses.  We were very proud to be involved in the programme and I look forward to visiting the school next week to congratulate them all in person.

Kerrie Allison

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