November 2014: Lionheart Challenge

ENTERPRISING students devised ways to combat crime for vulnerable people as part of the national Lionheart Challenge.

Two teams from Haslingden High School took part in the North West final of the competition at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

Head of Humanities and Able, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator Karen Powell said: “Lionheart is a national challenge based on enterprise designed to give students the opportunity to get experience of business planning, manufacture and financing a project using a range of skills.

“In school we hosted the competition which included the whole of Year 10 and from that two of the teams were chosen to go forward to the regional final.

“They had to develop a product to reduce or prevent crime in the community for vulnerable people.”

Jenny Rawlinson, 16, said: “My team developed a block box to fit between the internet and phone line connections to block fraudulent and nuisance calls.”

Katie Hopwood, 15, said: “My team created an app that would join together all the different services involved in mental health so people only had one person to contact to be able to access whatever helped they needed.”

Katie and her team of 10 students won the best financial planning award, although neither team made it through to the national final.

Mrs Powell added: “They all worked extremely hard and had to present their product to an audience of more than 300 people.

“They faced competition from 18 other teams with 10 students in each.

“They were an absolute credit to the school and they did a great job.”