Home win for Trafford teenage consumer champions
Students from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Trafford beat off tough competition from seven other schools in the grand finals of Young Consumers of the Year competition at the Trading Standards Institute conference in Manchester this year.
Hundreds of schools from across the country entered the competition to find Britain's best-informed young consumers. Eight 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 Altrincham Grammar School made up of (pictured left to right) James Persico, Adam Swinton, Joe Jorgensen and Miran Faily each took home a medal, a £50 gift voucher and a goody bag of prizes plus the College of Fellows trophy and £1,000 for their school,.
Therese Harvey-Voyce, teacher of PSE, who supported the boys in preparing for the competition said: "They are bright boys who worked really hard for it. They did a lot of study and research of consumer law in preparation and I am so proud of them."
Theresa added that the boys had learnt a great deal from both the study for the competition and the experience of taking part. A team from the school won the competition in 2005.
The teenagers were thrilled to be winners, saying that it had been “a real confidence booster”.
They reached the final by winning a tough semi-final by just two points and then clinched the title in a nail-biting finish that took them from third position to first during a tense fingers-on-the-buzzer last round which pulled them past Boroughmuir High School (who finished third) and Abbey Grange CE Academy (who finished second). The Chepstow School came fourth.
Young Consumers of the Year, organised by TSI, offers young people the chance to show their awareness of their environment, and their ability to be streetwise about what they eat, what they buy and how they manage their money.
TSI chief executive, Ron Gainsford said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people take part in this event. I’m confident that the knowledge they gain will stand them in good stead for their life ahead as consumers or indeed as good business people. In today’s increasingly complex world, it is becoming more and more important for everyone to know about their rights and responsibilities so they can stand up for themselves and make informed decisions.
“It was a very exciting final. Congratulations to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys; very well done!”