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The Apprentice is Revealed

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

At first there were nine candidates…but now there is just one Bolton School Apprentice! 

Since the start of term in September, nine boys from Years 11, 12 and 13 have been vying to become the Boys' Division's first ever 'Bolton School Apprentice'. With Chemistry teacher Miss Sarah Gorner masterminding the organisation of the project, the candidates have been gradually eliminated by chief-firer Mr James Rich, Bolton School's Director of Admissions, following a series of tasks based on those undertaken in the hit BBC TV show, 

Task one was 'The Buying Task' and saw the two teams of boys attempting to procure a list of ten items in double-quick time and on a limited budget in Bolton town centre after school one evening. Task two was 'The Design Task', with the two teams being asked to design a new, original piece of primary school playground equipment with the help of the children from Markland Hill County Primary School. Task Three, 'The Marketing Task', involved both teams being asked to produce a four-minute marketing video for Bolton School; and Task Four saw the two teams competing in a charity confectionery sale in aid of Bolton Hospice. The money raised in Task Four was then supplemented by the proceeds from Task Five, a profit-making task that saw the lads procuring orders from businesses throughout Bolton for Bolton Hospice's Christmas fundraising products. The infamous interview process, led by Headmaster Mr Philip Britton, whittled the remaining candidates down to the final three. 

These three boys - James Dunne, Sam Ball and John Charlton (all members of Year 12) went forward to the spectacular Grand Finale in the School's Arts Centre on the evening of Tuesday 6 December, at which the candidates pitched their ideas for a new fruit-based premium soft drink to an audience of pupils, staff and guests. The boys unveiled a series of poster adverts, branded bottles and radio advertisements in an attempt to gain the support of the judges, who included Mrs Sheila Tonge of Bolton Hospice and Old Boltonian Mr Richard Morris, the Managing Director of The Bury Black Pudding Company. Following much deliberation and some festive refreshments, Sam Ball was declared the first ever Bolton School Apprentice and was awarded an iPad as his prize. 

Mr Rich commented: "This has proven to be one of the most innovative and enjoyable projects the School has undertaken in my time here. The boys performed superbly throughout, building links with their local community and raising nearly £700 for Bolton Hospice along the way. They also learnt skills that will stand them in good stead in later life, such as presenting to audiences, negotiating in a business context and blending creativity with practicalities. Sam is a very worthy winner indeed - he just had the edge over the two other excellent finalists. We will begin our search for the second Bolton School Apprentice at the start of the next academic year!"

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The Apprentice Finalists

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The Apprentice Winner

And the winner is.....Sam Ball