Ten girls from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham are through to the final of
Ten girls from Queen Anne’s School in Caversham are through to the final of Peter Jones’s national enterprise competition Tycoon in Schools.
The group, called RustiQ, will attend a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 14, where Mr Jones and the Duke of York will crown the overall winners, The pupils impressed the Dragons’ Den star with a range of chalkboard notice boards made out of roof slates with a wooden ledge for the chalk, hooks to hang keys from and a rope handle to the top. Using their connections to local primary schools, the girls sold their products at Christmas fairs, parents’ evenings, school music concerts and at the Henley Christmas Fetsival. The boards cost £12.50 each and the girls made a profit of £778 profit, which they are donating to the Ugandan charity Kamuli Friends. Team member Georgie Ralston, 14, said: “Getting through to the final of this competition has made us feel extremely proud and, although it has been a hard and stressful journey at times, we drew on our inner resilience and team spirit and managed to pull our team together. Our favourite part of this journey has been getting a chance to sell our handmade product and meet new customers. This has allowed us to get a true insight of the business world and inspired us to follow this path as a possible career.” Queen Anne’s head of economics Ian Chapman said: “The girls showed great fortitude and determination throughout the competition and I am delighted that their hard work and effort has earned them a just reward.”