Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire – Apprentice Challenge

The pupils at Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire are always up for a challenge. The latest task saw some of our Year 6 pupils participate in an inter-school Apprentice Challenge (in the style of TV’s The Apprentice). The initiative involved ten teams from other schools from within and around Oxfordshire. The brief, which was in response to a new government project, was to create a new healthy breakfast cereal and to present their idea to a panel of judges.

Working as a team, the children first had to think of what kind of cereal to produce (e.g. was a cereal to be eaten from a bowl or a breakfast bar to be eaten on the go). They then had to think what it would be made of and what made it healthy. In addition, they had to think about how its production was sustainable and environmentally friendly. They also had to think about how to promote their new healthy product. This included the design of the packaging and how it would be marketed, including creating an advert with a catchy jingle.

Some of the teams from other schools had pre-recorded a video of their presentation for the judges. However, the team from Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire wanted to present their idea live to the panel of judges. That decision paid off. Our team’s idea was creative, well planned, and very well thought-through. The presentation was made with real confidence by all of the team. It clearly captured the judge’s imagination and resulted in the team receiving mentions in two out of the three categories.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day. We are so proud of our Year 6 team. We would also like to thank and congratulate the teams from all the other schools that took part, they also produced wonderful ideas.