YOUNG entrepreneurs were given a taste of their new school in an Apprentice-themed summer school.
St Aidan’s RC School held the summer programme to get new Year 7 pupils ready for their first term at secondary school.
The youngsters due to start next week took part in the four-day project.
History teacher Lucy Coughlin said: “The summer school is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to get to know each other before school starts.”
The wannabe entrepreneurs were split into groups and had to design and create a new dish for the school menu and think up a marketing scheme for it.
Roles were assigned in the groups with children taking on the position of finance manager, marketing manager and project manager.
The groups then came together to present their ideas to the school’s very own Alan Sugar – Mr Sanderson.
The top three groups went on to the final where they presented to parents and carers who voted for the best dish.
The winning team will get to work with the school’s kitchen staff to turn their creation into a real dish to become a permanent fixture on the menu.
It will make its debut appearance in the St Aidan’s canteen in the new term after it has been marketed to students and staff.
Joseph Walley, 11, said the experience had been a chance to mix with his new school chums.
Joseph said: “Summer school has been a great experience, getting to know the teacher and new friends.
“The Apprentice task has been a fun way to learn new skills.”
Lewis Graham, 11, another pupil due to start next week, added: “I was a little scared of coming to summer school, but I have really enjoyed it.”
Gemma Hogg, head of Key Stage Three at the school, said the summer school gave the new starters a transitional phase from Year 6 to Year 7 as well as giving them the chance to make new friends.
Gemma said: “Not only will they make new friends and get more used to the school surroundings, they will learn new skills that they will have for life.”