THE best and brightest pupils at a South Tyneside school have been hailed as future leaders.
Twenty of the most outstanding Year 10 students at St Wilfrid’s RC College, in South Shields, have risen to the challenge to learn how to use their talents to launch successful businesses.
The Temple Park Road school launched an initiative to encourage students to work with staff and businesses in the borough, to put their abilities to the test.
The students were split into four groups and launched their own businesses within the school.
Project Pretzel made and sold pretzels, Diligent Delights sold sweets, crisps and mix-ups, The Royal sold ice pops and The Spice Girls – a group of boys – sold Capri Sun drinks. Each group made a profit.
The pupils were then asked to give a presentation on their business and leadership experience in front of the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, Mayoress Stella Mathewson and other invited guests.
Each student was also presented with a certificate to recognise their success in the Leaders of the Future project.
Project leader, Helen Nuttall, said: “I was delighted to be given the chance to lead this initiative which gave the students a real taste of what it takes to organise and run a successful business.
“They demonstrated remarkable commitment and resilience in applying themselves to the task. They really showed some inspired and imaginative thinking, and they truly deserve every praise for their hard work.
“The project has put many of the students out of their comfort zone by asking them to launch and run a business.
“Shah Amin from Spice 1 Restaurant has been instrumental in inspiring the youngsters to be successful.”
Headteacher Brendan Tapping said: “The school is always looking at helping the pupils to be the best that they can be.
“This successful project is only one of the school’s many initiatives to ensure that St Wilfrid’s students reach their potential.”
Coun Cunningham added: “It was wonderful to meet these inspirational teenagers who show such talent, commitment and enterprise.
“Meeting young people of this calibre makes me so proud. I wish them all the best and am sure they will go on to make their mark in the future.”