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Pupils pitch in with invention; Report.

Byline: By Sinead Keller

PUPILS at Caludon Castle School faced a challenge in the style of TV programme Dragons' Den after local business people threw down the gauntlet.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Coventry and Warwickshire asked the students to come up with a business idea and then pitch it to a panel of judges from the business community. The event took place at the Start Up Cafe at Coventry University.

Russell Crosbie, Matthew Webster, Stuart Law and Joe Entwistle, from the school, in Wyken, Coventry, designed a device to reduce exposure to microwave radiation when using mobile phones.

They presented their idea to a panel consisting of Stephen Kingswell, corporate development director of international learning and development business RDI; Phil Cornwall, of Applied Logic, and Sherod Williams, of Walker Thompson Accountants, who are respectively chairman and vice-chairman of the IoD for Coventry and Warwickshire; and Sandra James, managing director of Perceptual Learning.

Mr Kingswell, a former pupil of Caludon Castle School, said: "This was a perfect way of bringing secondary education, higher education and business together to speak a common language. Caludon Castle is a Business and Enterprise Specialist School, and the only school in the city to have Academy of Finance status, so I was naturally delighted to see the coming together of all of the efforts from the various parties.

"The presentation by the pupils from Caludon Castle was excellent, and reflected very positively on the great work put in by pupils and staff alike."

The panel presented each member of the team with a certificate and a gift voucher.

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BUSINESS BRAINS... Young entrepreneurs (from left) Russell Crosbie, Matthew Webster, Stuart Law and Joe Entwistle with Andy Davoile and Eve McFadden (both far right), from Caludon Castle School, and representing the business community (rear from left) Sandra James, Phil Cornwall, Stephen Kingswell and Sherod Williams.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 24, 2007
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