Putting business knowledge to good use is a key part of Ralph Thoresby School’s commitment to developing enterprise skills and our relationship with the University of York is enabling us to give eight of our students the opportunity to develop a business idea that may be pitched to Google executives…in New York City.


The Big Deal, now in its 8th year, is a supported competition that seeks to tease out leadership and communication skills, whilst allowing young people to hone their entrepreneurial spirit.


Over the course of 14 weeks, students will work with mentors from Barclays Bank via a series of online Web-ex meetings as well as face-to-face visit at Barclays’ impressive Canary Wharf HQ in London.


In the launch event, our two teams came face-to-face with the other thirty teams who will be competing for the business trip of a lifetime in The Big Apple, where they will learn about the development of industries across America’s busiest city.


Before June, students will be asked to continue to develop their business ideas before preparing to pitch in a Dragon’s Den presentation at the University of York’s main campus. From here, three teams will be selected to present the final pitch to all delegates before the winner is announced.


Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, has spearheaded the school’s involvement and adds, ‘It’s great that our students will continue to see the amazing opportunities that exist following successful students at Ralph Thoresby School.


‘Being able to bring to life the world of business with mentors from successful international companies is something we will continue to offer.’