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Amazing Promises Auction

The Bradon Forest Auction of Promises and Gala Performance took place last Friday, 24 November. This was a fund raising event to support enterprise projects for students in Key Stage 4.

The evening started with an auction of some amazing promises ranging from tickets to see a show in London with overnight accommodation, an hour flight over the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire countryside to beautiful handmade jewellery and a hamper from House of Fraser worth over £200. Mr Dominic Hawley compared the auction with some witty repartee.

During the interval a meal and a glass of wine were served by students and the raffle drawn. The top prize in the raffle was a fabulous wine and chocolate hamper. Part two of the evening displayed some of Bradon's unseen talent not only that of students but staff as well. Highlights of the performances were Cora-Leigh May singing ‘Like I’m gonna lose you’ by Meghan Trainor accompanied by Mr Johnson on the keyboard, Kieran Jeffries’ tap dance to ‘O my love’ by The Score and the staff band, Progress 8.

Mrs Hawley, Bradon Forest Business Studies teacher, said ‘We hope to be able to have three Young Enterprise groups this year. This will further enrich their experience at Bradon Forest as well as providing opportunities to develop employability skills.  The Young Enterprise scheme is fantastic but it’s expensive so we decided to have the auction. The event was very entertaining and the gala performances were outstanding’.

Emma Wheeler, a former Bradon Forest colleague, exclaimed ‘Just wanted to say a HUGE well done to you, the auctioneer and all the students, on such a well organised and enjoyable evening last night! Thoroughly enjoyed catching up with everyone and being entertained so well...what a talented bunch of staff and students Bradon has! Hope you raised a substantial amount of money for the Enterprise students too.’

Young Enterprise programmes provide practical ways for young people to get a taste of the world of work and the excitement of running a business. Young Enterprise gives educators access to high quality opportunities that create aspirational careers guidance, develop employability skills and deliver inspirational enterprise education. Through these programmes, students gain a first-hand insight into the career of local employees and learn about the skills which are valued in the workplace.