Churchill Academy

Enterprise Day

Smoothies with Year 7

Year 7s impressed with their creativity and teamwork, producing delicious smoothies and enticing point of sale displays, together with professional looking labels and coherent marketing plans.   Many students had carefully considered their carbon footprint and selected ingredients accordingly, whilst others embraced the Rio Olympics theme in their planning.  It was truly delightful to see students so engaged and focussed on their smoothie challenge through the day.  Our Dragons grilled the finalists in the afternoon and had the unenviable task of selecting overall winners.  Special thanks go to our Dragons: John Mayer (Tax Assist Accountants); Mike Batchelor, Brian Kirkup and David Welham (Rotary), Sarah Bostock (Futures First Link) and Nigel Oakley (Jupiter Networks EMA).  

Our winning teams were: Groovy Smoothie with ‘Energy Burst’ (Miriam Bailey, Luna Ellis-Keeping, Max Le Vesconte, Sophie Manning, Connie Rawlins and Elicia Wickham) and Tropical Rio with ‘Pure’ (Zoe Dimond, Bethan Anderson, Poppy Giles, Amy Bunce, Ronja Carlson and Darcey Powell).

Year 8 Murder Mystery

Year 8 spent the day doing some detective work to try to solve who murdered Mr Hildrew, in the Staff Room and with what implement.  Students raised questions to interview suspects, considered different types of questioning, hot seating the suspects in order to gain essential information in order to solve the mystery.  In Science they estimated the  height at which the murderer hit Mr Hildrew over the head, investigated footprints left at the murder scene and took and analysed fingerprints. Finally the Year 8 Learning Groups gathered in the Hall to present their findings.  Each Group named their prime suspect and why they did it, also giving a quick role play scenario of what they thought had happened - to much support and applause from their fellow students and staff.  A Crimewatch video was played at the end showing the suspects’ accounts of their actions before revealing the murderer.  The winning Group was Beech although two Groups correctly solved the murder – most thought Mrs McKay had done the deadly deed but in fact the culprit was……….. Mr Grimmett with a Thesaurus!



Year 9s' Ethical Products & Music Festivals

Year 9 entered the Dragons' Den for Enterprise Day presenting their pitch for a product with an ethical message that might be sold at a festival.  In small teams students had to select their product from bunting, bags, umbrellas, aprons, caps and t shirts and then using their individual skills split into designers, marketing, accountants and presenters.  Students represented a plethora of organisations from Water Aid and Greenpeace to Amnesty International and Cancer Research.  In the afternoon teams had to present their newly designed products to our specially invited Dragons', all from outside the Academy and face questions about their costing's and marketing.  Year 9 rose to the challenge admirably and an amazing selection of designs went through to the finals! The winners were:

Group 1: Jess Bailey, Jemma Bisdee and Katie Sweet with their Apron for Cancer Research; Group 2: George Rabin, Edward Thurlow, Joe Oxley and James Morris with their Umbrella for Save our Seas; Group 3: Alex Carey Harris, Alex Webber, Harvey Norton and Hayden French with their T-shirt for WaterAid

Many thanks to our Dragons: Jenny Foster (Fairtrade), Jonathon Eyres (BBC), Sue Roberts (Topline Catering), John Allister (Retired Deputy Head), Emily Chapple (HR Manager) & Andrew Berry (Finance Manager).


Stock Market Trading with Year 10

Year 10 students took part the Churchill Academy Stock Market Trading Game run by the Maths Department. Their small start-up companies manufactured and traded paper polyhedra (, keeping an eye on prices that fluctuated depending upon supply and demand. All companies worked tirelessly, demonstrating their flair for making money. However, our profit-driven capitalist system dictates we crown two winning companies: Unicorn Cartel (Reece, James, Freddie, Andy, Gabe) were cut-throat during the morning session, and Team Rocket (Joe, Alex, Isaac, Harvey, Natty) bulldozed the competition in the afternoon. Special mention to Bubbles (Rachel, Leah, Ariella, Amelia, Katelyn) for their diligence and fair trade practices. Well done to all involved.