Pudsey students impress business `dragons’

TAMING THE DRAGONS: Bethany Reynolds, Chloe Gordion and Beth Walker face the panel
TAMING THE DRAGONS: Bethany Reynolds, Chloe Gordion and Beth Walker face the panel
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PUPILS from a Pudsey school learned some valuable life lessons by taking part in a demanding exercise staged in partnership with a local law firm.

After visiting Pudsey Legal to learn the ropes, business study students from Crawshaw School were then challenged to think up a marketing plan for their own legal practice - a tough task in itself.

However, the Year 10 pupils then had to prepare a presentation and deliver it to a panel from the real business community.

Pudsey Legal real-life directors Andrew Cummings and Nigel Beck, Eclipse Legal Systems’ marketing director Darren Gower, Nat West relationships director Marie Nicholl and local councillor Mick Coulson played the part of “dragons”, grilling all four teams on their proposals and awarding a series of prizes.

The exercise was run under the umbrella of the Ahead Partnership’s three-year Make The Grade Initiative which aims to help students bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work.

“It’s been a great experience for our business students,” said business and economics teacher Sharan Rai. “It’s allowed them to put what they have been covering in school into a practical setting and, at the same time, take advice from real businesses.”

Mr Cummings added: “The quality of the students’ work was fantastic and the effort and enthusiasm they put into this event shone through. It’s clear we have some budding entrepreneurs in the school.”

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