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Slough school sweeps up at trade fair

“To finish first, second and third at the trade fair is really exciting."

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BUSINESS: Upton Court Grammar School pupils, l-r, Edward Matthews, Aditi Ranjah, Sam Nassar and Martin Stanley

A school scooped a clean sweep at the third round of a competition which hones the business minds of tomorrow.

Teams from Herschel Grammar School, in Northampton Avenue, Slough, took first, second and third place in the latest trade fair of the Company Programme, run by the Young Enterprise Charity, on Saturday (8/3) at Royal Windsor Shopping Centre.

Team Rococo impressed the judges taking first place for its recycled denim ties while Level 3 came second and Casus took third for its educational posters and branded t-shirts respectively.

Ashley Johnson, a teacher at Herschel Grammar, said: “We are very proud of our pupils’ achievements and are excited that five out of our six teams have achieved awards for their efforts whilst balancing a busy workload.

“To finish first, second and third at the trade fair is really exciting and wonderful recognition of the students ambition and hard work.”

Year 10 pupils had to set up their own business as part of the competition including setting up a bank account, selling shares and doing market research.

They then sold their products at the trade fairs, with the three best teams recognised at each fair. Stalls are judged on presentation, display and effectiveness.

Mike Miller, chairman of the Young Enterprise Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead area board, said: “The students get so much out of it from the new skills to learning about real life situations. It is so helpful for them in the future.”

It was the third event following fairs at the Nicholson Shopping Centre, in Maidenhead, in January, and at the Slough Observatory Shopping Centre in February, with 19 teams from 10 schools across Slough and the Royal Borough taking part.

The three overall winners will be decided at a final exhibition at the Honda Institute, in Blackthorne Road, Colnbrook, on Wednesday, March 26.

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