The Livery Academy Awards: An Update from Foyle College

12 November 2020

As our school teams come back from half term around the UK, Liveryman Richard McBride, who is a governor and mentor to Foyle College in Derry/Londonderry, updates us on how the team are progressing as they prepare for their pitch presentation at the end of November.

As mentioned by Richard, Foyle College is based in the north-west of Northern Ireland, and traces its roots back to 1617 when Merchant Taylor, Mathias Springham, founded the Free Grammar School at Society Street.

Today, the school is a thriving community for around 850 boys and girls and a leading grammar school in Northern Ireland.

With Freeman Victoria Townsend, Richard is mentoring a team of six A-Level Business Studies students from the school. In his video he discusses what's next for the team ahead of the final at the end of this month.

The six participating pupils from Foyle College are engaging thoroughly with their preparatory work, various market research tasks and expert advice they are being afforded from their mentors; their respective roles have been allocated on the basis of their AS Level subject choices and their proposed career paths. The Livery Academy Awards offers the pupils the opportunity to develop a product for the ‘real world’ and, subsequently, consider the various factors that are involved in the launch of a new business.

Through the pupils’ creativity and the benefit of their mentors’ business and industry acumen, our initial meeting helped the team to hone their business model. Our team members are looking forward to continuing to develop their concept and present it to the judges at the Livery Academy Awards final, and very much hope the judges are impressed by their business model.  

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