Into the Dragons’ Den

Into the Dragons’ Den

Junior School Virgin Money Project

Seven shortlisted ‘Make Your Money Grow’ Maths teams from Upper Two, presented their products to our wonderful ‘Dragons’ at our rescheduled ‘Dragons’ Den’ on Friday 9 March.

Our Dragons were Mr Mackintosh, Head of Economics and Business Studies, Mrs Marks, Headmistress, Mrs Hooper, Assistant Bursar and Mrs Clark, one of our Governors. Our Dragons were hugely impressed by the way pupils had created, designed, marketed and sold their products, handled money and managed costs and worked successfully as a team to make a profit on their original £5.

Maths Coordinator Ms Barnes said: “The level of creativity was definitely stepped up by all our pupils with this year’s challenge to not include any cakes or sweets in their products!

“Overall, Upper Two have made an outstanding profit of £2062.26 which will be divided equally amongst, Sport Relief, Cancer Research UK, Dementia UK, The Mardon Rehabilitation Centre, Exeter and the Junior School Maths Department who will purchase brilliant maths resources for all pupils to enjoy and from which they will gain even more confidence in maths.

The following teams were awarded certificates by our Dragons: Best Teamwork: ‘The All 4 Store’, Best Profit: ‘KLDC Lovely Kingdom’, Best Poster Summary of Work: ‘Waving Cats’, Most Creative Product: ‘Chicktailz’, Most Investible Product: ‘Trico’ who also received our Overall Winners. Trico were complemented for their incredible range of products and enthusiasm. Mrs Clarke presented our winners with their cup which will be engraved with their team name.

William Markham (U2A) said he was really happy that the school gave them this opportunity.

“It was challenging but also really fun to do!” he said.

Amy Cornfield (U2A) enjoyed taking on the task of running my own business.

“My favourite bit was when everyone came to our stall and our pompoms all sold out!”

Holly Metcalf (U2G) said it was amazing to raise so much money for the charities and knowing they would be happy with it.

Noah Waugh (U2P) enjoyed talking to lots of people and said the Dragons weren’t TOO scary!

“Our Dragons so enjoyed reading all the summary posters and felt that every team across Upper Two had excelled in using their mathematical skills, smart business thinking and particularly impressive creativity as well as considering the longevity and environmental impact of their products,” said Ms Barnes.

“In addition, they were struck by the fact that our pupils really saw the bigger picture and were driven by knowing that they were donating their profits to four worthwhile charities to which some pupils have personal connections. They also admired the pupils’ fantastic energy, enthusiasm and teamwork which enabled them all to achieve such amazing results."

Headmistress Mrs Marks said what a very worthwhile project this had been, not just about Maths, but about learning important life skills which would serve them very well for the future.

"Congratulations to all our Upper Two for delivering way beyond our expectations and for being so professional in how they developed, marketed, sold and reviewed their products," said Upper Two Form Tutor Mrs Goldsworthy.

"As Mr Mackintosh said to our pupils, if you ask a really successful person about the story of their success, they would say it was their failures that have helped them learn the most.

"Exeter Junior School pupils have certainly developed their Growth Mindset during this activity!"

A huge thanks to all efforts put in by Upper Two, to our parents, grandparents, carers and friends for supporting them along the way, colleagues from across the Junior and Senior School and Virgin Money for being the catalyst for the whole project.