Crofton wins IBM website challenge

AWARD The Crofton team are presented with their prize
AWARD The Crofton team are presented with their prize
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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STUDENTS with a brain for business have been crowned the new winners of an annual website challenge.

A team of 14 and 15-year-olds from Crofton School in Stubbington came first out of several secondary schools across the region at the 13th IBM Schools’ Website Challenge.

Their task was to design, develop and test a website to promote apprenticeships for company PETA Training and Consultancy Services – and they impressed the professional judges at IBM’s offices in North Harbour.

Angus Day, marketing manager for PETA who was one of the judges, said: ‘The use of technology, social media and apps by this team to engage with young people was outstanding.’

The challenge was launched at the end of last year and attracted more than 70 students.

Teams from Crookhorn College of Technology, Hayling College, as well as Bridgemary, King Richard, Brookfield Community, Neville Lovett and Admiral Lord Nelson schools were each assigned IBM mentors to mentor them.

Crofton team members Alex Hunt, Daniel Terry, Matthew Bell and Alex Chivers all met after school every week for three months to complete their website.

Daniel, who led the project and has ambitions to be a sound engineer, said: ‘It was great to be doing something different.

‘We are all really interested in computers so it was nice for us to get together and channel our enthusiasm into a project that will be good training for the world of work.’