Newcastle Building Society.


Throckley Primary School have been named as winners of the sixth annual Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Charity Challenge, a financial education programme which asks its young participants to develop business ideas that focus on benefiting their local community while also making a profit.

Seven schools from across the North East sent teams into the Society's boardroom to present their ideas to a panel of judges including the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Councillor Linda Wright, Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society's chief executive, and the commercial director of NewsQuest North East, Ryan Fenwick.

The Throckley team, which was made up of Year Five pupils and took the £1,000 top prize for their idea of hosting a carnival to raise money for the Batten Disease Family Association.

Lynsey Giblin, Key Stage Two leader at Throckley Primary School, says: "The children really jumped in with both feet on this project, and spent a lot of time sharing their ideas, talking about which ones would work best and creating a really detailed and thought-out presentation which came across very well on the day.

 Lynsey Giblin, Key Stage Two leader at Throckley Primary School, says: "The children really jumped in with both feet on this project, and spent a lot of time sharing their ideas, talking about which ones would work best and creating a really detailed and thought-out presentation which came across very well on the day.

"They got so much out of taking part in the Boardroom Charity Challenge, and even if they hadn't won, the way it has helped them improve their communications and team-working skills would have made it more than worthwhile.

"The children were absolutely ecstatic and totally overwhelmed when the school's name was chosen as the winner of the competition, and it's going to be fantastic to see all their plans come to life in the name of this wonderful cause next year."