Congratulations to Year 9 boarder  Callum Wapstra on receiving the ‘Most Enterprising KS3 for boys’ award  at this year’s Ryman National Enterprise Challenge.

The Challenge is a UK-wide competition which has received support from  entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, who is the national Ambassador. Earlier this year pupils took part in a one day challenge to create an app which would help Ryman increase engagement with a younger audience and lead to increased sales. The teams came up with wide variety of ideas including games, graphic design tools and loyalty schemes all of which required an advert, a poster and a clearly presented pitch to win the judges’ backing.  The aptly named winning team, Quest to the Top went on to represent the school at the national finals event to pitch their business ideas while enjoyed an exciting day mixing with entrepreneurs and celebrities. Callum tells us more about the day:

“The 4th of July – Game Day . After weeks of preparation it was finally the day of the National Ryman Enterprise Challenge at the TNEC.  Representing Adams’ Grammar in the Challenge were: Sam Lewis 9T (Group Leader), Callum Wapstra 9T, Timothy Emms 9W, Amar Bhandal 9C, Archie Worthing 9C and Zak Mahmood 9C . These Year 9 pupils had been anticipating this day for months- ever since they had been selected out of the 12 possible teams in early April .

“The trusty team left on the Tuesday morning led from the front by Adams’ own Dr Bentham-the teacher which introduced the challenge to the school and who made everything happen. With flash cards whizzing through our fingers, the pitch was planned as if it was a battle and  anticipation was rising.

“We arrived at the TNEC at about 11am. We were greeted by many teams from all over England. Most came in uniform, however we decided to stand out from the crowed by wearing black jeans , a black t-shirt, black trainers and a black cap with the letter Q on it to represent our team name: Team Quest!

“We were introduced to the competition by TV presenters Sam and Mark and then taken to our room where our team gave our pitch to three judges . We felt this went extremely well and that we had done it to the best standard we could. While we waited for the result we had an opportunity to look at the different stalls to see what they had to offer . We made quite a few acquaintances that day ….and got a lot of stationary freebies too.

“Finally the time had come for the awards ceremony where the eight finalists would give their pitch to everyone participating in the event and where individual and team awards would be rewarded. Sadly the Adams’ team didn’t make it through to this final stage however we didn’t go home empty handed as I was lucky enough to win the’Most Enterprising Boy 2017 in KS3′. Dr Bentham was also elected as most enterprising teacher but just missed out on the top spot. Overall the day was a great success topped off with a McDonald’s with Dr Bentham afterwards.”

Dr Bentham says:  “A very big well done to Callum. He was competing against candidates from over 150 schools across the country and he should be very proud of what is a really great achievement.”

Callum Wapstra
Year 9 Boarder