The Priory School’s commitment to developing entrepreneurs of the future took them all the way to the National Enterprise Challenge Final – where they were crowned National Champions!

Lucy Hipkiss, Millie Bromwich, Tommy Davies, Cameron Murphy, Ryan Ligus and Charlie Hotchkiss, all Year 7 students at The Priory School, fought off stiff competition from other schools nationwide pitching their idea for a new pencil case to none other than entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den ‘dragon’, Theo Paphitis!

Over 20,000 students nationwide took part in the competition, which now sees The Priory School students travel to headquarters to explore the possibility of putting their ‘Graphoto’ pencil case into production and stores all over the UK.

‘Graphoto’, a washable pencil case, allow students to personalise the pencil case through their own graffiti on one side and small photo-holders for individual pictures and ‘selfies’ on the other! “We wanted to create an individual pencil case which shows off the personality of the owner but is also practical too,” explains Lucy Hipkiss. “Presenting to Theo Paphitis and then winning the competition is just amazing; a day I will never forget and I can’t wait to see our pencil case in ’s Shrewsbury store!” added Millie Bromwich.

“We are all absolutely thrilled for the students, they are truly a credit to both themselves and The Priory School”, added Candy Garbett, Head Teacher. “We are committed to developing and enhancing students’ entrepreneurial skills throughout their time at The Priory School; I am confident these six talented students will have many great achievements throughout their lives from the solid foundations gained during their whole school experience at The Priory School”.

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