For the third year in succession, King James´s came away as winning business team at the AMP Awards, beating teams from eight other local schools.
The AMP Awards is a Yorkshire-based competition that combines music and business through planning for major battle of the band events. All proceeds go to the charity Pump Aid, which provides clean water and sanitation for villages in Africa.
This year´s business team, Fortissimo, was made up of ten students from across Years 12 and 13 - Grace Merrin, Josh Dykes, Ruby Hann, Millie Howard, Freya Nicholson, Jess Smithson, Cleo Evans, Georgia Gilbert, Abi Parkinson and Lana Harvey. Having already organised an in-school battle of the bands event, they were given responsibility for graphics at the main event held at the Royal Hall on 11th February.
Fortissimo impressed the judging panel with the quality of their 1920s-themed presentation and the effectiveness of the poster they produced for the event. The team had secured support from local and national companies to support its work, including Haribo, Bradford City FC, Bettys & Taylors and Piccadilly Motors.
Fortissimo media co-ordinator Millie Howard found the whole AMP process hugely rewarding. "It´s been incredibly useful to learn how a successful business team works and discover how much effort goes into organising big events like this. It was great to have the opportunity to raise a lot of money for Pump Aid at the same time as having fun and learning new skills. Winning was a bonus!"
The team would like to thank all those who supported them, including business mentor Claire Marshall and teacher mentor Gav Smith.
In the music event, King James´s band The Alibi - made up of students from Years 10 to 12 - put on a great show at the Royal Hall cheered on by KJS supporters. Unfortunately they weren´t placed in the competition, but the judges gave lots of positive feedback and advice.