Through its strong links with the Guild of Entrepreneurs the Aldridge Foundation has been able to give students from Northumberland Park Community School in Haringey the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Sheriffs’ London Challenge.
The final of the inter-school competition, for the Sheriffs’ London Challenge Award, will be held in Court No 1 of the Old Bailey later this month, in the presence of a panel of Her Majesty’s Judges. The final will be followed by an award ceremony in the Grand Hall of the Old Bailey.
Through his support for Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, which opened in Haringey last September, Sir Rod gained a closer understanding of the challenges many students in the borough face. As a Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs he was keen to see children from communities such as Tottenham have a chance to enter such a prestigious competition, and the Foundation was pleased to be able to facilitate Northumberland Park, which is located close to White Hart Lane football ground, being nominated as the Guild of Entrepreneurs’ mentored school in the competition.
The Northumberland Park students will be mentored by two Guild of Entrepreneurs members Talan Skeels-Piggins, who made history by becoming the first Officer in the Royal Navy to be retained in active service after being paralysed, competed in the Giant Slalom in the 2010 Winter Paralympics and was a Member of the British Disabled Ski Team for six year. Joy Merriam is a Solicitor Advocate with McCormack’s Law where she specialises in Crown court trials and child care advocacy.
For the competition participating schools will convene a team of year 12 students who will be asked to prepare and deliver a presentation on ‘What is London’s most important priority?’
The competition will have two rounds. In the first round, schools will compete by delivering a presentation of no more than eight minutes on their ‘priority’ to an audience comprising the judging panel, mentors from sponsoring livery companies such as the Guild of Entrepreneurs, and supporters, teaching staff, parents and other competitors.
The judging panel will assess each team on planning, presentation delivery, presentation material and teamwork before announcing the two heat winners who will go through to the final at the Old Bailey.