As part of our commitment to working in our community, we have a partnership with Crawshaw School in Pudsey through the Make the Grade Scheme.
For the last 18 months we have held a series of events with them from careers shows, interview practice days and even a mock trial while the students played all the roles in a trial held at the old Pudsey Magistrates Court. In May we held a Dragons’ Den event with the school’s GCSE Business Studies students.
Four teams had each prepared their marketing plans for their fictional new law firm and had to pitch their plans to a team of Dragons consisting of Nigel Beck and Andrew Cumming of Pudsey Legal together with Marie Nicholl, relationship director at Nat West commercial, Darren Gower, Marketing Director at Eclipse Legal Systems and Councillor Mick Coulson.
Having seen the written plans before the presentation we were expecting the standard to be high and, once again, the students delivered!
The teams gave their 10 minute presentations and were then grilled by the Dragon’s. Try as we might, we could not trip them up. Each question we posed was confidently dealt with by every single member of the teams – even the trick ones!
In the end, there had to be a winner and this was the team who came up with the concept of Bradley and Co.
However all the dragons were full of praise for the enthusiastic way the students threw themselves into this challenge. The quality of work they produced (much of it in their own time) was fantastic to see.
All the teams received their Pudsey Legal goodie bag and school points with the winning team also each receiving a £25 book voucher.
Andrew said, “It is great to see how the students can put what they are learning in the classroom into a practical setting.
“This process challenged them in new ways, yet the quality of their work actually made our task as Dragons’ extremely difficult – all credit to them.
“The Make the Grade scheme is a fantastic way to help the students bridge the gap between school and the workplace and I would urge all local businesses to see what benefits the scheme can offer, not just the schools in their community, but also their business through staff engagement and motivation.”