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RES Apprentice 2017 Final
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

RES Apprentice 2017 Final

Rydens Enterprise School

BP     IBM     Bingham Hotel

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.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

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

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 3
Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 3

The Bingham Hotel, Richmond, Surrey

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

This boutique hotel is tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham Hotel In Richmond is one of London’s most unusual boutique hotels, or ‘restaurant with rooms’: A Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames, the Bingham Hotel is a chic retreat for romantic getaways, a gourmet bolt hole for gastronomic experiences, and a unique wedding and events venue. This Boutique Hotel offers something for everyone at The Bingham Hotel Richmond.

Upon arrival we were met by General Manager Erick Kervaon who gave the students an interesting background to the hotel and to some of the new businesses he has recently been involved in setting up with particular interest to The Alliance of Independent Restaurants. This is a new concept dreamt up by Erick in response to supporting and working with independent restaurants to help them as a group compared to the larger already established chains of restaurants.

A.I.R will support with procurement, HR & Legal work, Support Network and PR & Marketing.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

There is no joining fee and Erick and the 6 other shareholders are hoping to get well over 100 members (independent retailers) signed up for this business to be profitable. AIR guarantee that this will be returned through helping get cheaper prices for their food drink and insurance whilst also providing HR & Legal work, a support network, PR and marketing.

The students task in this round of the competition was to come up with some creative and innovative ideas to help achieve members of 100+ in the first 3 months of launch and to ensure that the shareholders of AIR and suppliers would all be profitable. Ideas were then to be pitched to Erick taking into consideration methods, time frames, cost and financial implications.

Team 1 – Oscar Rolfe & Jack Saunders
Their idea was for members to join AIR and in turn would get a members code which they could then use when approaching suppliers for their goods. AIR would refer their members to their suppliers. This in turn would pass 5% of sales to that member directly to AIR thus leading to a profit on each member’s order of supplies.

Team 2 – Adam Lamont & Joe Taylor
Adam & Joe had the idea of developing a tier based system: Gold, Silver & Bronze. A member chose what tier they wanted to be part of and although no joining fee what did happen is that each time they went to suppliers for stocks a variable percentage of the sale would go back to AIR. Each tier also gave the member company different services from AIR be it HR, Legal work ,support, PR and networking. They could set up the correct package depending on what their own company needed support with the higher the tier the more percentage from their purchase of supplies would go back to AIR.

Team 3 –  Rosie Chapman, Daniel Herbert & Joe Rolfe
This team was to create AIR-ONLINE. Again, with the idea of a 5% commission charge on members order of supplies. They were also to create an on-line booking system so guests wishing to book a table at the restaurant (member company). By guests booking through AIR a small charge could be taken from the member company each time the booking was made thus creating further profit for Air.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

After questioning each of the teams during their presentations Erick then gave feedback to all 3 teams and said what they could have done better and what ideas he liked. He also spoke to them about their presentation techniques and what they had learnt from the day. Some of the ideas he was quite keen on developing.

Erick chose a clear winner from the day which was Team 2– Well Done to Adam & Joe they are through to the final. The remaining 2 teams had to fight their corner and convince Erick why they should be put through to the final. After a lengthy debate Erick chose Team 1 – Oscar & Jack.

So,our 4 students in the Final of the RES Apprentice 2017 are :
Adam Lamont, Oscar Rolfe, Jack Saunders & Joe Taylor

The Final this year takes place in February and being hosted back at school in the Enterprise Suite at Confirmation of the date to follow.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X368 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 2

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 2

IBM Emerging Technology Centre, Hursley

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

On Friday 18th the 12 remaining students visited IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre in Hursley, Hampshire to face the 2nd round of this competition.

Welcomed by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were given a tour of the Emerging Technologies Lab and showed some of the latest technologies that IBM were working on. In the Internet of Things Centre, students looked at lots of gadgets and devices and what they did, which would give them lots of information and ideas to start their task. Students were also introduced to Watson Analytics which students found out is a smart data discovery service available on the cloud. Students were then given The Task and working in their teams they started discussing their ideas.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

The Task

Having been shown a range of the emerging technologies that IBM are currently working on as well as some that are already in place in shops and homes students task today was to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of these technologies could then be sold to and ultimately stand the best chance of success. Students were to be judged on a number of key areas so their presentations would have to be clear in their explanations. They would need to consider how good the idea is, how realistic it was in relation to the market, if there is a potential for it and how well they would sell their idea to the judges.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

On Monday 21st Paul Archer returned to RES to judge the students in their teams.

Team 1:  Saqlain Ahmed, Dani De Freitas, Samuel Maton & Hayden Wood (not present)
Team 2:  Daniel Herbert, Jacob Levy Davies, Joe Rolfe & Oscar Rolfe
Team 3:  Rosie Chapman, Adam Lamont, Jack Saunders, Joe Taylor (not present)

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

Team 1’s idea was Jersey Beats which was targeted towards the football premier league and meant using a sensor placed inside the name badge of the player’s shirt to monitor heart rate, muscle fatigue and dehydration. This would be monitored via an app on the manager or coaches phone or tablet.

Team 2’s idea was Virtual Reality Surgery using one of the gadgets they had seen in the Technologies lab, and a heart sensor using the Accelerometer aimed at the NHS. The team had researched well and produced lots of facts and figures to back up their idea.

Team 3’s idea was Sensors for Fires which using heat sensors would see a sensor light system in homes, businesses or schools that lit up indifferent colours when certain smoke was detected enabling people to escape from the fire quicker. This would be linked to the fire department helping to save more lives.

Paul questioned all teams during their presentations and then deliberated over which two teams would go through to the next round. Taking into account the teams innovation, their business application, the business reach and their overall presentation Paul chose Teams 2 & 3 to go through with Team 1 being ‘fired. We say goodbye to Saqlain, Dani, Samuel & Hayden and well done to the remaining 8 students that go on to the 3rd round at The Bingham Hotel in Richmond on Monday 5th December.

For information about being involved with The RES Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Year 11 Big Interview Day
Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

Year 11 Big Interview Day

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

On Thursday 20th October volunteers from our local business community and beyond came to RES to support our Year 11 Big Interview Day.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

As an Enterprise School we are committed to preparing students in the best way possible for their future working lives and at the end of Year 10 students took part in workshops to produce their own CV and writing a covering letter for a job that have an interest in for when they leave school. These are the documents that would form the basis of the interview today with their interviewer.

27 volunteers arrived at RES from a range of different businesses to start the task of interviewing around 200 students in one morning! We had an amazing response this year from the following companies ~

RES Big Interview Day Company Logos

Without such support this day would not be possible so we are enormously grateful for all that took time out of their valuable working day to help our students.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

Students spent time with their interviewer discussing the job role, their qualities and the job they had applied for whilst the interviewer asked them many different questions which they may face in a real interview situation. This experience of applying for a job and having an interview will be in some cases the first time some of our students have had a real-life interview. The students were given feedback from the interviewer which they can use along with interview skills to take forward with them and use when they find themselves in a real life interview situation either for a job or a college place. All students also received a Certificate signed by their interviewer to confirm their attendance of the day.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

If anyone is interested in volunteering in next year’s Big Interview Day please contact Sarah Maton ~ Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on 01932 242994 x361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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