We are delighted to announce that last night a team of Year 13 students represented Drapers' Academy in the "Livery Awards Grand Final" at the Mansion House, London - and won!
This is an annual competition (similar to Dragon's Den) in which teams research and pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges from the City. The Drapers' Academy team consisted of the Liam, Harry, Leon, Hakim and Isabelle.
For the last nine months they have been working with a mentor from the Drapers' Copany; Oliver Everett, alongside Daniel Friar and Jo Allick from AKA.
The previous round of the competition was held at Drapers' Hall in November where our team won against three other Drapers' sponsored schools. Last night, at the Grand Final hosted by The Lord Mayor of London, we were competing against representatives of other Livery Companies' schools, Crayford Academy and Mossbourne Community Academy.
Our team shone in their pitch due to their charm, effervescence, knowledge of finance and ability to respond to most rigorous question and answer session from the judges and from the floor. The judging panel consisted of James Bilefield - Entrepreneur and Chairman of SThree plc, Tim Campbell MBE - Founder of the Brifht Ideas Trust, Sherry Coutu CBE - Entrepreneur and Chairman of Founders4Schools and Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE - Outgoing Chief Executive of Virgin Money.
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Lee Bryant said, "I am confident that all of our team member have grown academically and personally as a result of this process and that they have all shone as examples of all that we are attempting to achieve here at Drapers' Academy."
This afternoon we start the process again for our Year 12 students.