Students step into the dragons’ den

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Rich praise was heaped on students of Selston High School after they entered the Ashfield District Dragons’ Den competition.

This year was the fifth time the event has run and the competition was fiercer than ever. The students representing the school were led by project leader Emma Wesson, and included Lydia Cumming, Charlotte Straw, Shama Kika, Emily Dobson, Alexandra Powell and Stephanie Stamp as part of the team.

The idea behind the Dragons’ Den competition is to raise awareness about an issue that faces young people in the Ashfield district. This year’s topic was to raise awareness about abuse in teenage relationships. In attendance on the day were representatives from Nottinghamshire Relationship Abuse providers, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, and the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Nicky Weston.

Following some research within the school, the girls created a website ( with the idea being that it was written by teens, for teens. The idea behind this was to get the message about abuse across in a simple and straightforward manner that everyone aged 13-15 could understand. To advertise their website, posters and business cards were created. To further explain the message of relationship abuse, a short video was created, which can also be found online.

On the day the girls had to make a 1- minute presentation to the “Dragons” and were highly praised for the professionalism shown. Praise was also well received for the video, which had been described as “highly moving and very powerful” by those on the panel. Throughout the day praise was also heaped on the girls for how well they had represented the school, with many positive comments about their attitude and commitment to the project.

The girls did not win the competition but came third against some very tough competition from other schools in. As a reward for their third- place finish the girls won £1,000 towards making their project a reality in the local community. Teacher Tom Rayfield added: “I could not be any more proud of how the girls conducted themselves and they were great ambassadors for the school. They worked extremely hard on their project, and should be delighted that the effort they put in has been recognised. ”