Children enter the Dragons’ Den

Winners of the Dragon's Den event at Whitcliffe Mount School are Whitechapel Middle School, pictured are pupils Luke Jackson, Ben Allen, Eleanor Clayton, Lucie Middleton, Joseph Hillas and Jacob Airey, teachers Caroline Lofthouse and Sam Holland, dragons Keith Joplin, Rebecca Firth, John McGee and Viv Laycock, with organiser Jennifer Almond. (d09061110)
Winners of the Dragon's Den event at Whitcliffe Mount School are Whitechapel Middle School, pictured are pupils Luke Jackson, Ben Allen, Eleanor Clayton, Lucie Middleton, Joseph Hillas and Jacob Airey, teachers Caroline Lofthouse and Sam Holland, dragons Keith Joplin, Rebecca Firth, John McGee and Viv Laycock, with organiser Jennifer Almond. (d09061110)

WHITECHAPEL Middle School emerged from the fierce Dragons’ Den victorious after winning the annual business competition.

Children from Spen’s middle schools took part in heats within their own schools, with the best business idea going forward to the final at Whitcliffe Mount.

The competition was organised by acting business and enterprise manager Jennifer Almond.

The Whitechapel children created a soft toy called Hide Away, which had a zip-up compartment to hide their most prized possessions

It impressed judges Keith Joplin, Rebecca Firth, Chamber of Trade president Viv Laycock and headteacher John McGee.

Mr Joplin said: “This is the third year that Whitcliffe Mount has hosted the event and the standard just keeps getting better and better. The winner was an innovative product and showed real enterprise on the behalf of the children.

“The quality of all the entries were extremely high.”