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Students from Porthcawl Comprehensive School beat tough competition from six other schools in the grand finals of Young Consumers of the Year competition on Thursday 25 June held at the House of Commons.
Hundreds of schools from across the country entered the competition to find Britain's best-informed young consumers. Seven teams of four 14 to 17-year-olds made it to the finals of this knockout consumer quiz after coming top in qualifying heats and regional finals.
The winning team from Porthcawl was made up of Jack Bridger, Nat King, Matthew Dang and Felicity Williamson-Sarll who each took home a £50 gift voucher, a goody bag of prizes plus the College of Fellows trophy and £1,000 for their school.
This year's YCOY finalist
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Porthcawl Comprehensive School
Abbey Grange Academy
St Pauls Academy
About this year's competition
The national finals were held in a brand new format for 2015. What was once a one day event was extended to a two day event in the centre of London with added challenges and a treasure hunt. The new format was created to get the students thinking more, to put their knowledge to practical use and to add more excitement to the whole final.
The finals began at the Department for Business Innovation & Skills conference centre, 1 Victoria Street. Here the students were given four written challenges and 45 minutes to complete each one. The challenges covered consumer rights, managing money and travel. The students were given scenarios in which they had to solve using their knowledge, the internet or calling the relevant help lines. After the written challenges, the students were then asked to open their treasure hunt envelopes and take to the streets of Westminster with their digital cameras in which they had an hour to find objects, collect evidence and enjoy the London atmosphere!
Once the teams had returned from the hunt, they had a quick briefing about what to expect on the second day. The teams were not told at that point who had managed to get through to the final – that was to be announced at the next location – The House of Commons!
It was an early start for all involved in the competition on the second day. The final of the competition, the classic buzzer quiz, was being held in the beautiful Terraced Room at the House of Commons. Before the quiz could get underway, the four lucky schools through to the final round were announced as: Abbey Grange Academy, Ayr Academy, Porthcawl Comprehensive School and Chepstow School. The students had amazing weather and stunning views across the Thames from the terraced balcony where they enjoyed a continental breakfast before taking part in the quiz.
The teams did incredibly well throughout the quiz which was hosted by celebrity Charlie Higson, television and BBC radio personality. The scores from the quiz and challenges were added together to determine who the winner was so everything was to play for!
The students and teachers were then escorted to Westminster Pier to board the Elizabethan where they enjoyed a BBQ and the beautiful weather whilst travelling up the Thames. All the students would walk away with a goody bag but the winners would also walk away with a cheque for £1000!
The winners were Porthcawl Comprehensive School.
To see how the regional finals went throughout the year, please click here to read an article from TS Today
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