School businesses show off profits at celebration event

Children from Salterhebble J&I School present a cheque for �250 to Richard Mitchell of the Forget Me Not Trust. On the right is the school's business mentor, Martin Haigh from Latitude 7
Children from Salterhebble J&I School present a cheque for �250 to Richard Mitchell of the Forget Me Not Trust. On the right is the school's business mentor, Martin Haigh from Latitude 7

A TEAM of young entrepeneurs made £150 blossom into more than £400.

Seven Calderdale schools took part in the scheme which challenged them to take £5 per pupil (£150 per class) and invest it over a five-week period to make a profit.

Teams from St Mary’s CE J&I, Mill Bank, St Joseph’s RC Primary, Todmorden, Christ Church CE, Pellon, Salterhebble J&I, Rawson J&I, Boothtown, and Elland CE School, attended a celebration event at St Mary’s to report back on how they had done.

The Year 2 class, from Salterhebble J&I, returned a final profit of £438 and decided to split the money three ways.

Some £250 was donated to the Forget Me Not Trust, who are fundraising for a children’s hospice, while £150 was kept for a school trip to have lunch at The Watermill restaurant. The remaining £38 will be reinvested in a similar scheme next year.

Local business people put their financial backing behind each of the schools and offered help and expertise.

Carl Hopkins, the Secret Millionaire, worked with St Mary’s CE J&I School, and even had his nails painted at the event.

Other business people involved were, Martin Haigh from Lattitude 7, who supported Salterhebble School, Angela Wright from Reginald Maude Ltd, Christine Gow from Harvey’s of Halifax, Nicola Mills from YourRail Ltd and Simon Heptinstall of Tesco, Sowerby Bridge.

William Oxley, non-executive director of Youth Enterprise Services which supports the scheme, said: “This clearly shows the impact that business can have on children’s learning.”