The Young Enterprise programme has been running at KJS for well over a decade. It has provided many of our students with a different perspective on life, as well as helping to shape the entrepreneurs of the future. King James´s has been a Centre of Excellence for Young Enterprise since 2012.
The scheme - which is always oversubscribed - offers the opportunity for a team of students to run their own business for the academic year. Creating a successful business in one year is not easy, but the school community and advisors from local businesses ably support the students. The programme culminates with a presentation evening in Harrogate where our companies compete against those from other schools. The aim is to reach the national finals, although most are satisfied with the profits from their business.
Board meetings take place one lunchtime a week and sometimes after school, depending on the nature of the business that students create. Meetings tend to increase towards the final.
King James´s has become one of the most successful Young Enterprise Centres within the Harrogate District area. In 2009 and 2012 the school won Best Company Presentation, in 2010 Best Customer Service and in 2011 Best Customer Service, Best Report, Best Presentation, Best Team Work and were overall runners-up for Best Company. In 2013 the school´s team won awards for Best Company Report and Financial Accounting, Outstanding Customer Service and Best Presentation. And last year team Nova, focusing on healthy tea products, took the Best Marketing and Best Presentation awards and overall second place at the Harrogate District Final, qualifying them for the regional final in York, where they won the award for Best Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The success continued in 2015/16 with the company called ´Next Steps to Success´. This company was formed by the one year students on the Next steps course that is a combination of work experience and GCSE s. The group were diligent and adaptive; responding well to supplier and staffing issues. At the first trade fair the group won ´Best Sales´ award. This was followed up with a financial governance and team work award at the regional final.