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Pupils prepare to highlight their achievements in ‘the Boardroom’

A group of enterprising students from Redcliffe Sixth Form have been selected as finalists in the Community-Apprentice Challenge running in schools across Bristol.

The inter-school competition Community-Apprentice is a bit like the Apprentice on television. Young people have to develop, and crucially demonstrate, skills and personal qualities whilst managing their own projects. In this case, however, they can only win as a team, not an individual and by tackling a social problem of their choosing.

Bristol’s answer to Lord Sugar, George Ferguson, is on the search for a winning team he believes has what it takes to make a difference for others. The final is taking place in his ‘Boardroom’ in the Wills Memorial Building on the 28 June and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony which will be attended by our students on 30 June at the University of the West of England.

Team Roof from Redcliffe Sixth form have been selected as one of four teams to progress on to the Boardroom Challenge Final. They have worked really hard since September researching their problem, planning what to do about it and overcoming a range of problems to make it happen. Now they have been reflecting on what they have achieved and the impact the experience has had on themselves and others.

Team Roof were concerned about the homelessness crisis in Bristol and created a documentary to educate young people about the reality and causes of homelessness. They interviewed experts from local charity St Mungo’s, people who had personally experienced homelessness, and their peers to better understand young people’s perception of homelessness. The team delivered numerous school assemblies, reaching 800 people in total, and took part in the Big Sleep Out, raising over £400 for The Julian Trust Night Shelter.

You can watch a short three minute film about their project here:


Another team at the school, Team Together, have been nominated for the empathy award by the judges.

Team Together felt that conversations about mental health need to start from a much younger age in order to reduce the stigma surrounding it. With support from youth mental health charity Off the Record the team created their own interactive workshops for primary age children which they have delivered in numerous settings, including Brownies and Scout groups, to over 100 children.

During the first round of the Boardroom Challenge both teams had to clearly articulate the skills they had developed from this experience drawing on specific examples. As well as helping them in the competition, this will provide them with examples for interviews for further education or jobs. Employers are increasingly interested in transferable skills, like team working and problem solving, and it is important that students know how to evidence examples which demonstrate this.

Whatever the results it is clear that our students have really enjoyed this experience and gained a lot from it.


Envsion team 2016