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Copthall's Pump-It Team win the national Tycoon in Schools competition!

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In September 2017,  Copthall School entered the Tycoon In Schools competition which was developed by Peter Jones CBE in response to the Prime Minister’s pledge to support every school in England to run its own business at the launch of StartUp Britain in March 2011.

Tycoon in Schools is a unique national enterprise competition for students aged 6 to 18 which gives teams an opportunity to write a business plan so that they can run their business with a start-up loan and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur!

Our KS5 students formed The Pump-It Team whose plan was to raise as much money as possible to donate to Wateraid.  Their aim was to build a water pump in a developing country.   Pump-It did so well by smashing their original target and were able to donate £2,030 to Wateraid to fund the building of a pump and sanitation block in a developing country’s school.  Due to this being donated by January 2018, the Government then matched their funding so Wateraid could build not one, but two water pumps!

Yesterday, from over 1000 applicants the 8 finalists were invited to Windsor Castle to meet HRH Prince Andrew and Peter Jones CBE to find out who would walk away with the winning trophy.

Copthall’s Pump-It Team not only won the KS5 category, they also walked away with the overall winning Trophy and were crowned Tycoons In School Winners 2017.

Leigh Pignatelli who oversaw the project said “From the moment the students applied for their position to be in the business team, they worked incredibly hard to ensure their project and business plan came to life.  With their determination and hard work they were passionate about ensuring enough profit would be made to support Wateraid and build a pump in a developing country.  The entrepreneurial skills which they have learned and displayed will no doubt carry them through their future careers.  We are very excited about the next stages of our business idea and rolling out this initiative across the school within the Borough of Barnet.”


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