Pupils at Woodlands Academy Middle School are celebrating raising a total of £2,400 for a cancer charity after taking part in a Dragon’s Den-style entrepreneurial project.
The pupils from Year Five to Year Seven at the Flitwick school formed companies where each member had a specific job depending on their skills including managing director, financial director, marketing director and sales director.
They then had to write a business plan which was scrutinised by a teacher and a member of the local business community before the children presented in a Dragon’s Den ‘boardroom pitch’.
Teacher Lisa Watson said: “It was a fantastic couple of days. The children really bought into the concept. It made them feel like adults. I am exceptionally proud of them. We saw the children in a very different light in terms of them working together as a team and they should feels as proud of their efforts.
“They took on alot of responsibilty and did really well. It was a honour to be with them.”
Teacher Jackie Bean added: “The Dragon’s Den was amazing. Some of the children came in suits to pitch. They took it very seriously.
“We are all very impressed and very proud of their efforts. It was great for the children to feel like they were making a difference in terms of raising money for charity too.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help and generosity of the parents and grandparents. It helped highlight what a lovely community we have here at Woodlands.”
The money will go to the Biggleswade Cancer Support Group which has also helped support Woodlands Academy Assistant Head teacher Phil New in his courageous battle against the disease.
Mr New who is in remission said: “I am very proud of all our Woodlands pupils and their achievements.
“I would also like thank the Bedford Irish Dancers, a group of children who raise money for charity.
“This year one of the dancers parents was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. The group decided to give £300 to the Cancer Support Group as they were really supportive and kind towards those dealing with Cancer.”
Visit www.cancersupport group.org.uk