The Guild of Entrepreneurs was justly proud that one of its sponsored schools – Duke’s Aldridge Academy in Tottenham London N17 – had reached this year’s finals of the Sheriff’s London Challenge, competing against Oasis Academy, Enfield sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
The tension was high in a packed Court number 2 on the evening of March 5th as the two teams took their places in the illustrious Central Criminal Court, presenting their debate on their chosen most inspirational leader alive today before Sheriff Neil Redcliffe, Her Honour Judge Wendy Joseph QC and Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir QC on the bench, and Sheriff Timothy Hailes acting as the Court Clerk and time keeper.
The standard from both teams was exceptional and there was some excellent presentation from both schools as well as 4 minutes each of rebuttals and some testing questions from the bench.
The teams and their supporters then retired to the Judges Dining Room for refreshments and a rather long wait for the Judges to re-appear – we found out subsequently that the delay had been caused by a difficult decision due to the teams being only 2 points apart and for a while, the Judges had been unable to reach a unanimous conclusion. However, in the end, Oasis Academy – the older team and last year’s runners up – just pipped Duke’s and were worthy winners of the 2018 Challenge Trophy Cup. Well done to Oasis and to the WCMC sponsors and mentors!
A massive congratulations to Duke’s Academy for getting so far and for making us Entrepreneurs so proud. Especial thanks go to Mr Ali Jaffer, the Duke’s teacher who coached them so brilliantly; to Dr Jeff Skinner of London Business School who acted as the Guild’s mentor to the team; to Beki Martin CEO of Aldridge Foundation and to the many Aldridge trustees – led by Lady Carol Aldridge – who came and supported the team on the evening; and to Court Assistant Nicola Manning who as Chair of Education co-ordinated the project on behalf of the Guild for a second year running.