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Young Entrepreneurs Bloom Shoes Success!

Since November 2018, fifteen Year 10 students from The Coleshill School have been taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme. 

The 15 students had to work together to set up their own fully-functioning business to design, manufacture, promote and sell a product of their choice.  After designating their own Board of Directors, Bloom Shoes was born, and since then the team have been hand-painting bespoke, customised canvas shoes and accessory bags.

In March, Bloom set up a stall at the YE trade fair in the Royal Priors Shopping Centre in Leamington Spa to sell their products to the public.  Not only did they have a fantastic day of sales, but the team were also judged by Young Enterprise on their stall presentation, product, customer service and marketing techniques.  These results then carried through to the Coventry, Central & North Warwickshire Showcase, held on 21st March at IBM in Warwick competing against 8 other schools.  For this, the team were required to produce a full Company Report based on their experience over the last few months and then deliver a presentation to the judges and other teams in the local area.

Miss Duffield, Teacher of Science commented “Our students were impeccable at the IBM event, demonstrating their confidence, charisma and professionalism at every stage.  The hard work over the last six months came together and Bloom Shoes were awarded Winners of the Showcase, as well as taking away the Award for Best Customer Service from their performance at the trade fair.  These students now move into the next phase of the competition and will be competing in the County Final on 8th May 2019.  We are so proud of them.”

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A huge congratulations to our Year 10 Young Enterprise team, Bloom Shoes, for winning the Coventry, Central & North Warwickshire Showcase on 21st March 2019 at IBM Warwick!

As well as the Best Customer Service Award!

They will now be moving on to the County Finals stage in May!

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On Friday 15th March 2019 students and staff at The Coleshill School held a non-uniform day to raise money for comic relief. 

Sixth Form students held a cake sale a break and lunchtime.   There were some amazing cakes donated by parents, students and staff.  At lunchtime Sixth Form students played The Chase against staff in a packed out Hall.  It was a close game but teachers won the game!

Harriett, Year 7, with the help of her sister Elle-Mae and friends, also held a cake sale to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  She is bravely going to abseil 100ft off the Fort Dunlop building to raise money for the hospital.

The total amount raised was £???? For Comic Relief and £161.01 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented “It is inspiring to see our students being involved in raising money for charity.  The students involved in the cake sales have worked really hard and this has paid off with the amount of money raised for both Comic Relief and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  Thank you to everyone who donated money and cakes.”

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On Tuesday 19th March 2019, The Coleshill School held a celebration evening for students who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and their famililes.

In total 48 students received their Bronze Award which involved completing a 2 day expedition on foot and their Voluntary, Physical and Skill sections for an hour a week for between 3 and 6 months where they learnt new skills that will enhance their CVs and university applications.

Mr Duggan, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, commented “Our students embarked on numerous activities including football coaching, litter picking, cooking and music, including activities that they hadn’t taken part in previously.   Each student worked incredibly hard and for some it was their first experience of sleeping in a tent.  As such it is wonderful that so many participants have managed to complete their awards.”



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Successful Skills Conference focuses on higher level skills

More than 100 people from Warwickshire’s business and education communities came together at Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC’s) annual skills conference.

Representatives from the worlds of business and education discussed ways higher level skills can help drive the region’s economic growth.

During the breakfast conference, delegates heard from Monica Fogarty, Chief Executive, WCC who outlined the priorities of the new all-age Careers Strategy which the Council is currently developing and will consult on in the spring with a view to publication in the summer.

David Ayton-Hill, Economy & Skills Group Manager, WCC, gave delegates plenty of key data and information to consider about the county’s skills picture now, and in the future including:

Between 2012-2022, 60% of jobs that will need filling will require higher level skills Higher level skills are those needing qualifications at Level 4 and above. (Level 4 includes: Higher Apprenticeships, Certificate of Higher Education, Higher National Certificate and Level 4 NVQ.) The attributes associated with higher level skills and increasingly needed are: higher cognitive functions of creativity and processing complex information; social and emotional skills such as taking initiative, management and leadership; and technological skills including advanced IT skills and programming. Despite Warwickshire seeing a strong growth in the proportion of the population with a Level 4+ qualification (increasing from 31% in 2010 to just over 40% in 2017), recent data suggests that up to 50% of people with these higher level qualifications are working in roles that do not require them. There is a need to better connect our businesses with our education providers to enable a better matching of roles, skills and behaviours to support our continued growth and make best use of this growing highly skilled population.

At the event Cllr Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council Warwickshire County Council announced an innovative Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Programme for small businesses.  Many large employers, including the County Council, struggle to fully utilise their Apprenticeship Levy.  Utilising the new flexibilities,  the County Council aims to transfer up to £300,000 per year to help support smaller, non-levy paying businesses, such as organisations operating in the adult social and child care sector, and cover their apprenticeship training costs.  

Delegates at the free breakfast conference, which took place at Stoneleigh Park on Wednesday  6 March, also heard an interesting summary of how employers can access the graduate talent pool from Professor Pat Tissington, Academic Director of Employability and Skills, University of Warwick;  insights into how FE colleges can help, from Neil Coker, Director of Warwickshire College, Rugby and finally an overview of the range of exciting skills initiatives being undertaken at The Coleshill School from Headteacher, Ian Smith-Childs.

Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher, The Coleshill Schools said: “The County Council Skills Conference is an invaluable opportunity for schools and businesses to network and I would encourage all schools to get involved. Every year my school has benefited from a project or business connection that started at the conference.”

Lively discussion took place round the tables, coming up with a number of ideas of how WCC, businesses and education providers can help businesses tackle skills shortages and gaps.  Several delegates stressed the importance of identifying and communicating changing future skills needs as soon as possible to enable providers to respond by aligning their provision. The county council is going to explore ways of doing this. 

Cllr Colin Hayfield, County Council Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “What an excellent conference.  It’s great to see so many partners from the worlds of business and education coming together to help shape our skills activity for years to come. At the County Council we are working hard, with our partners, to ensure that all our young people - whatever their skills and abilities - are able to gain the skills they need to obtain worthwhile and fulfilling jobs now and in the future.”

The Skills Conference is a key element of Warwickshire County Council's £3 million Skills for Employment programme which has funded more than 40,000 careers and employability activities in more than 600 local businesses during the last four years.

Any businesses interested in linking with a local school or college, or for further information on the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer, can call 01926 418027 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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