RES Apprentice 2017 Final
Rydens Enterprise School
The 3 Apprentice finalists, staff, invited guests joined together at The Enterprise Suite at RES on Friday 10th March for the long awaited Final of The RES Apprentice competition.
The competition which is now in its 12th year saw 15, Year 12 students start this competition back in October 2016 with the first round being hosted and the task set by Hugh Bourne of BP at their premises in Sunbury on Thames. Subsequent rounds took place at IBM’s emerging technology centre in Hursley, Hampshire and at the beautiful riverside Bingham Hotel in Richmond upon Thames.
Throughout the competition students took part in group and paired activities and students were fired along the way, which left 4 students to face the Final and to see who would win the coveted title of The RES Apprentice 2017. Our Finalists today are Joe Taylor, Jack Saunders, Adam Lamont.
The judges for the day were ~
Paul Archer – IBM Big Data Business Development Manager
Erick Kervaon – General Manager – The Bingham Hotel, Richmond
Anne-Louise Payne – Head Teacher – RES
Guests who were in attendance to see our students present included the Mayor of Elmbridge Cllr Tannia Shipley and Consort Mr Nigel Shipley , Head of Sixth Form Mrs Natasha Blackiston, and Deputy Head Teacher Mr Andy Ward. We were also so grateful to see so many of our business sponsors, local business contacts, past school governors and RES invigilators at the event.
Students had been set the final task a few weeks before the Final so they had time to prepare before presenting to the Judges today ~
“Our new school development is underway and set to be ready for occupancy in December 2017. This will be an amazing state of the art school with specialist facilities that include a full range of specialist classrooms for science and technology subjects, dedicated quiet study areas in each house, six court sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, separate gym, theatre space, … AND MUCH MORE!”.
Students have been used to working in groups and pairs but now working individually the Finalists are to design and complete an innovative and creative multi-media advertising campaign for RES school that will be used as the main form of promotion for our exciting new school.
Throughout the competition students were encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident and were expected to discuss why they chose their idea, what problems and issues they had faced along the way and how they overcame them and also to show examples of their work. They were judged on their ideas and innovation, the success of their idea and the communication and resources they used to promote their idea.
Each finalist presented to the Judges their media advertising campaign that they had put together to showcase the new school. Footage included time lapse material of the school build to date plus shots of the classrooms, Main Hall, Sports fields to give the judges a feel of what our new school would be like.
Presentations were given by each finalist showing who they were aiming their presentations to and how they were going to do this using leaflets, fliers, school visits, links via our school website and social media. Each finalist had a Q&A section after their presentation giving the Judges and the Audience an opportunity to ask questions.
During a short break, judges had the opportunity to discuss each finalist and 3 very nervous finalists came back to find out the results. Each student was given feedback from Mrs Payne before the announcements made.
The RES Apprentice 2017 WINNER is – Joe Taylor
Congratulations to all the finalists today for all their hard work throughout this competition and to making it through to today’s final.
Prizes and trophies were handed out by Mayor Cllr Tannia Shipley.
Thank you to everyone for attending this exciting Final and with special thanks to all business partners for their continued support, especially Erick from The Bingham Hotel , Paul from IBM and Hugh from BP for hosting a round and returning to judge today.
For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 x368/x344 or email