A team of student traders from Windermere School will compete for an all-expenses paid trip to New York after making it through to the national final of the 2015 Student Investor Challenge.
To reach this stage, the would-be Warren Buffets have beaten more than 30,000 other students and outperformed the FTSE 100 share index in growing their portfolios from a virtual £100,000.
The team, led by Faustas Stoncius, will now attend the national final in London, where they will compete in a live trading simulation and deliver an interactive business presentation to an expert panel of judges. The winners of the final will secure an educational trip to take in the sights and sounds of Manhattan.
The Student Investor Challenge is a free to enter competition, run by ifs University College, the University College for financial education. It provides teams of up to four students aged between 14-19 with a virtual £100,000 to trade shares, stocks, futures and assets and the opportunity to experience the dynamic world of share dealing.
This year’s challenge attracted more than 10,000 teams in 2015 where the top 50 teams’ investments totalled over £7million in just a four month period.
“This has been a really valuable learning experience for all the Economics students who took part. To make it to the national final is something the participants should feel very proud of. We are all very excited about the prospect of competing against some of the country’s best Economics students but I am confident we will do ourselves proud.” Paul Bromley, Head of Economics and Business Studies at Windermere School
Alison Pask, Vice Principal at ifs University College said: “This year’s contest has been one of the most keenly-fought yet, with very little to choose from among the top trading-teams. To reach this stage, the team from Windermere have done exceedingly well.
“The Student Investor Challenge is designed to spark an interest among teenagers in learning about finance and helps to develop a broader range of skills, such as team-working, researching, communication and analysing current events. Regardless of which team eventually triumphs, all have enjoyed a memorable and worthwhile experience.”
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.