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Apprentice hopeful fires up pupils

Pupils at Stokesley School
A crack team of six reporters looked at the impact of The Apprentice on pupils

A contestant on latest series of The Apprentice has inspired pupils at his former school in North Yorkshire.

Rocky Andrews, 21, went to Stokesley School and now runs a chain of sandwich shops across north-east England.

Young reporters at the school decided to see if TV shows like The Apprentice and Dragons' Den inspired them to get involved in business.

Andrew, 13, said they surveyed fellow pupils, and also interviewed their business studies teacher, Mike Sales, about whether Sir Alan Sugar's boardroom style would work in the classroom.

"We found that many pupils who don't do business studies now want to go into business in the future," Andrew said.

Sir Alan Sugar
Sir Alan Sugar: Not Stokesley School's business studies teacher

"I think The Apprentice and programmes like Dragons Den do inspire them.

"We asked our business studies teacher if we could do The Apprentice at school. He said it was a good idea but staff was an issue."

Andrew added that all the pupils were watching The Apprentice, with many cheering Rocky on to win the series.

"Everyone is talking about him [Rocky] on The Apprentice and everyone is watching it," he said.

"I had a sandwich at one of his shops once and it was really nice."

The Apprentice was one of a range of subjects covered by the pupils for School Report Day.

Teacher Vicki Farnaby said other topics included knife crime and the so-called "running costs" of being a teenager.


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