Mandeville School Students Shine in “Learning Today & Leading Tomorrow” on the App-Prentice Challenge 2019
Building on the success of the first App-Prentice Challenge of 2019, the event at The Mandeville School took place in parallel with one at Buckinghamshire University Technical College (BUTC)) on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June.
This event marked Mandeville School’s second year taking on the App-Prentice Challenge. However, this year’s Key Stage 4 group comprised of only their ICT students, giving us four focused teams of six students, competing against each other over the two-day Challenge.
As with all the 2019 App-Prentice Challenge events, the digital programme was led by CloudyGroup and supported by partners from Technovisual Education, Bucks Skills Hub, Microsoft Education and The Readiness Company along with new sponsors: Study Higher and the University of Buckingham, Buckingham Enterprise and Innovation Unit.
The participating students from Mandeville School showed what they were made of as they tackled every task that was thrown at them with responsibility and leadership.
The creative ideas that emerged for their final App proof of concepts, video adverts, posters, exhibition stands and project Vlogs were arguably the result of their excellent attention to the guidance provided by industry experts; including marketing direction from Chris Bantock of Be-Digital, design and video guidance from Mark Vanstone of Technovisual Education and technical support using Office 365 and PowerApps from Josh Chalcraft of Microsoft Education UK, Fin Maloney of CloudyIT and James Wilson of The Readiness Company.
Higher Education Liaison Officer from Study Higher, Jeffery Asante, representing one of the event sponsors, took part in the judging panel to witness the teams’ final pitches. He remarked: “The students have shown amazing resourcefulness to solve the problems we’ve put in front of them to produce their projects so well, whilst also working in their teams, digitally, and against the clock.
“It’s been captivating to see how they’ve engaged with Microsoft tools and business ways of working. They’ve demonstrated creative thinking, organisation and entrepreneurship to great effect which are skills that will help them prepare for the world of work and higher education, in whatever they choose to do in future.”
All students were awarded with a certificate of achievement in recognition of their hard work and aptitude in using core competencies that will be useful in future education and employment. Six students were also identified by the App-Prentice Challenge team for their outstanding contribution in demonstrating the school’s “6R” core values: Respect, Risk-taking, Resilience, Reflection, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.
Tony Rogerson, Interim Principal at The Mandeville School, commented: “We’ve had a long history of involvement with projects like this. They really help our students to flourish by getting hands-on experience which benefits them hugely in their future careers.”
When asked for their feedback on the event, 89% of participating students said they were “very satisfied” with the event, and 79% rated their experience on the App-Prentice Challenge “extremely valuable” to their future career development.
David Hall, Director of CloudyGroup, congratulated all the students and presented the final award to the winning team. He remarked: “This impressive group of Mandeville School students is an inspiring reflection of the school. Not only have they shown an outstanding commitment to the Challenge in the work they’ve produced, but everyone has applied themselves creatively and with great respect for each other.
“The school’s motto “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow” certainly applies to this group of budding entrepreneurs. It’s been great to see the students involved with such enthusiasm as they’ve adapted to the new skills, tools and expertise on offer to them. And this has been further cemented by having some of last year’s students who worked with CloudyIT to build an app for Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council available to help support this event too. A massive thank you to them as well. This is exactly what the App-Prentice Challenge is all about.”
The winning team from Mandeville School meet with the winning teams from Aylesbury Vale Academy and Bucks University Technical College (BUTC) to compete for the overall prize that will be judged by Nick Hewer and crowned by Peter Jones CBE at EntFest 2019 on 28 June.