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Green children of Bolton show their worth to the nation in London Finals

Supporting the North West in The Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge

Eight young Year 10 entrepreneurs from Turton High School are making a name for themselves showing local residents how to recycle via their award-winning featured on a Blackburn Road billboard.

The environmentally-conscious children, pupils from Turton High School in Bolton, after winning the North West round of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge, travelled to London this week to compete with another nine schools from across the country. The team narrowly missed out at the national competition level as they were pipped to the post by Cramlington School from Newcastle.

Challenges placed before them included designing a drink for the Olympics and pitching it to judges including Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London 2012 organising committee and Paralympics athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Pupils also came up with a campaign to increase recycling in the North West in the run up to the Olympics.

Bill Muirhead, Education Development Manager of Coca-Cola Enterprises said: “It was a very challenging brief, brought to life by the students’ multimedia presentations"

“We were really impressed by the students from Turton High School who demonstrated creativity, confidence, and great teamwork skills throughout the day — all of which are key to succeeding in the world of business.”

Angela Gollard, teacher at Turton High School, added: “It’s been an amazing and valuable opportunity for the students to develop business skills and to work alongside real professionals.”

The Turton High School team – Ellie Waite, Melissa Dargan, Jack Thornton, Jack Savage, Charlotte Harrop, Aimee Jeavons, George Sykes and Aamir Adam.

The annual challenge, linked to the curriculum, challenges students to tackle a business task set by Coca-Cola Enterprises. It is work-related learning at its most engaging and an opportunity for a whole year group to develop enterprise skills that will give them a competitive edge in today’s job market.