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Junior Dragons' Apprentice Challenge 2016/17

DAC Logo Junior RGB genericThis year's Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge began in 16 schools across Broxbourne and East Herts. The competition works with teams of year 5 & 6 students over a 6 week period and offers a springboard into the world of business for 10 and 11 years olds. These young students were given £50 to invest into their very own business ideas to raise money for their chosen charity.

The finalist in Broxbourne were Wormley Primary School, Broxbourne Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Waltham Cross, and Downfield Primary School, Cheshunt and East Herts were represented by Bayford C of E Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Ware, Thundridge Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School, Ware.

Dragons  WormleyCouncillor Linda Haysey, leader of East Herts District Council and a judge for the East Herts competition, said: "More and more young people have ambitions to run their own businesses. This competition gave them their first experiences. East Herts is delighted to be involved with the challenge for budding entrepreneurs. I was amazed at the work and time these young people had put into running their projects and their very evident pride in their achievements. It was a very hard competition to judge and the ideas were interesting and novel. All the teams said they learnt a lot from working as a team and wanted to take part again next year."

Wiggle  Super 6  BayfordThe Diamond Dragons team from Wormley Primary School were named the overall winners for Broxbourne and Bayford C of E Primary School's Six Super Stockings team won for East Herts.

Dave Gaze, a local businessman and judge, said: "The Wormley presentation was excellent, it took presentations to a different level rather than just doing a PowerPoint. All of the members of the Diamond Dragons' team contributed and were articulate when speaking in the boardroom."

SAVE ME TO SHARED FOR WEBSITEIan Richardson, chief officer of CVS and judge, said: "All of the teams provided very inventive presentations. The winning teams also had a strong partnership with their business mentors and genuine outside engagement with their charity."

An incredible £4700 was raised for local charities, including Four Swans Vision, Broxbourne Food Bank, Hertford & Ware Beekeepers, EMA, Teens Unite, Your Town, Mudlarks, Ware in Bloom and Cats Whiskers.


The Junior Dragons' Apprentice Challenge launched in Broxbourne in 2014 and this is the first year it has been running in East Herts. The competition is a spin-off of the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge for Year 12 students.

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View a short video of the dramatic boardroom scenes from past competitions.




Our thanks go to both Broxbourne and East Herts Council's for their great support and the 'Dragon' mentors Diana Yip, Michal Siewniak, Abbie Gregory and Fay Turner.