Isabelle bags a seat on the Tesco board

Top job: Isabelle Shoesmith ready for work
Top job: Isabelle Shoesmith ready for work

SHE might be still at school but 12-year-old Isabelle Shoesmith already has a seat on the board of Tesco!

The North Halifax Grammar School pupil is one of seven children chosen nationally to sit on a new Tesco Kids’ Board.

More than 350 children applied and the chosen few will help shape the Tesco for Schools & Clubs programme.

Isabelle has attended her first board meeting at Tesco’s head office in Hertfordshire and loves her responsibility.

Her mum, Sheila, saw an advert seeking applications.

“Isabelle said `I could do that.’ She went applied and said why she would be good for the job,” said Mrs Shoesmith, of Queensbury.

Isabelle is on the panel of the Investors in Pupils at North Halifax and while attending Hipperholme Grammar Junior School, she was chairperson of the school council and sports leader.

Her early leadership potential impressed the judges and she has already product tested items for the next Tesco catalogue.

“We were asked what was good or bad about items and what could be improved,” said Isabelle.

The kids’ board will next meet in September and Isabelle has been asked to bring along new ideas.

Isabelle - a fan of the TV show The Apprentice - also enjoys sports and reading.

She lives with her mum, dad John, sister Lydia, 14, and brother Miles, nine.

Tesco director Ruth Girardet said she was hugely impressed by the ideas put forward by children.

“Isabelle’s entry was fantastic. She clearly demonstrated strong leadership skills and a vast amount of enthusiasm.”

Isabelle was given a laptop and digital camera and her school got 10,000 Tesco for Schools & Club vouchers.