Pupils at Brighouse High School got the chance to design their own bank in a project with Lloyds Banking Group.
Over the past three weeks, 19 members of staff from the group, led by Gareth Ewing of Business in the Community, have been teaching Year 8 students about aspects of the banking industry in a project designed to bridge the gap between education and the real world.
He said: “We covered such topics as what banks do, where money comes from and the importance of customer service.
“All the lessons were well received and the students were nothing short of superb.”
In the fourth week, students were thrown the challenge of designing their own bank with eight winning groups progressing to a ‘Dragons Den’ style final. They were asked to present their finished work to a panel of four judges.
“240 students took part and every one of them was a winner. They were a credit to the school and the creativity really blew us away,” said Mr Ewing.
Associate senior leader at Brighouse High School, Suzannah Carter, said: “Preparing students for success in their lives beyond school is so important and, to us, extends far beyond academic achievement. A fantastic project was created with a business that really understands the huge potential of young people.”
The aim was to deliver basic financial education to students as well as teaching life skills. Pupils were asked to think about spending priorities and about how making the wrong financial choices can have a major impact.