Kidderminster Students Through to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Young Enterprise Finals

Students at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster are celebrating after winning the Sustainability Award and being selected to go through to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Young Enterprise (YE) finals at Worcester Cricket Ground on Thursday 11th May.
In terms of overall success this is now Holy Trinity’s fourth time since 2016 that their teams have made it through to the next round of the competition and as a school, they have been the winners of the Innovation Award, Marketing Award, Best Trade Stand Award and now the Sustainability Award. The school in the National Careers Challenge awards was named the ‘Most Enterprising School’ in 2022 and in 2019 Mr Barth was presented with the ‘Most Enterprising Teacher’ award.
Holy Trinity’s Enterprise and Business teacher, Chris Barth, said: “We’re all absolutely delighted, and our students are really looking forward to next week’s final.”

As part of the Young Enterprise Competition the students ran a whole variety of fundraising events to raise funds to buy stock and at the recent Worcester Spring Trade Fair on Worcester High Street their Polvo products completely sold out.

For the Worcestershire YE finals Holy Trinity competed against thirteen other local schools, presenting their company report and a presentation to a panel of three judges. Year 12 business students Madiha Begum, Thomas Bishop Foy, Alice Clare, Tayah Morgan, Habiba Begum, Atiya Rahman Kamali, Tyler Elwell and Maisie Perry Bate, who named their company Polvo, which in Portuguese means octopus, have a business focus of raising awareness and helping to reduce plastic materials from entering our oceans.

Their business Polvo sells water bottles made from recycled plastic destined for landfill together with metal reusable straws in colours ranging from silver, gold, and rose gold to a chrome multicolour. Both the straws and bottles are sold in branded Holy Trinity School hessian bags.
Winning the Sustainability Award the judges commented that the business was well-considered and that it was a well-researched product and that their sustainability ethics had been applied to all areas of their business model including the purchasing of materials which the judges noted as being ‘a real plus’.

Added Mr Barth: “Through Polvo our students' goal is to make a positive difference to climate change by removing plastic from the ocean and returning a large proportion of their profits into maintaining their business going forward."

Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright commented: “I am extremely proud of our students who year in, and year out achieve many accolades in the world of enterprise, developing essential skills that will equip them for the world of work.

“I must thank Mr Barth for his enthusiasm and guidance, without which these opportunities for our students would not exist. It is rewarding to see such a legacy of enterprise being established at Holy Trinity.”