ESLA SHORTLISTED FOR ECHO TEAM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This term, Year 9 students demonstrated their entrepreneurial excellence by excelling in the renowned LionHeart Challenge supported by the
Academy’s close relationship with South Liverpool Homes.
Teams of 10 competed to design, cost and present their business ideas to a panel of prestigious judges from the local business community. The challenge itself was chosen as a national flagship by the National Learn and Skills Council and proved to be extremely thought provoking and rewarding for the students who took part. Helping students to develop their business ideas were a team of highly skilled and dedicated Business Coaches including from South Liverpool Homes.
THE AIM OF ESLA’S ‘FUTURES GATEWAY PROGRAMME’ IS TO INSPIRE STUDENTS AND HELP THEM EXPLORE OPTIONS, WHICH THEY MAY NOT BE EXPOSED TO IN THEIR DAILY LIVES AND EXPERIENCES
Councillor Nick Small judged at the event and commented on “the positive effects of social enterprise amongst students who displayed real team ethic, confidence and an awareness of social and moral issues in the community.”
Students had to identify a specific community group to design an innovative business proposal aimed at enhancing the quality of life for their identified group. Ideas ranging from ‘bags for life’
aimed at supporting the homeless, to support network ‘swap shops’ for the elderly were put forward to the judging panel who had the difficult job of picking an overall winning team.
The winning team were delighted to be crowned LionHeart Champions, proving just how innovative and creative young minds can be.
‘By participating in this challenge, our students gained valuable skills and self-assurance that will hopefully inspire a new generation of local entrepreneurs. We believe these opportunities increase students ambitions and skill set to prepare them for the world of work and we were delighted to welcome the Lion Heart team who we hope will visit us again soon.’ Mrs St John, Assistant Head of School.
THE EVENT FORMS PART OF OUR OXBRIDGE SCHOLARS SCHEME
This provides students from year 9 upwards the opportunity to visit and learn at Russell Group universities including
Oxford and Liverpool Universities. We have developed truly invaluable partnerships, which extend the programme outside the Academy, and provide students with opportunities to work in local industry whilst still in school. There is a real buzz to the programme with students effusive about the impact of having so many outside influences and professionals with real life experiences in school to guide, motivate and inspire them. The impact was recognised by Ofsted in May 2016 who stated, “particularly impressive is that 74% of students have been offered places at university compared to 43% last year, and 28% of those are from Russell Group Universities.”