Enterprising kids boost high street bid

A Barnoldswick primary school is playing its part in the town’s bid to be the best high street in Britain.

More than 100 pupils from Gisburn Road Primary School held a market in Barnoldswick Town Square last Friday as part of an enterprise initiative selling autumn themed items and a range of hot soups.

Barnoldswick kids market

Barnoldswick kids market

Members of Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group have praised the school’s work and said the initiative is a big boost for the bid.

Barnoldswick has reached the finals of the Great British High Street competition in the local parade category and is vying for the top spot against the London Road area of Brighton and Bishopthorpe Road in York.

Gisburn Road Primary School Year 6 teacher Ian Ingham said: “We very much go for enterprise as a big project in school, all the way through.

“Previously we’ve had events at Christmas fairs but we thought we’d bring it into the town, bring it into the community and get the children working together to put on a show like this.

“We’d like to promote all of the work that the local community are doing. We are trying to get involved in that as well as a school to help in any way we can.

“It’s a sell out which has been fantastic. The children have gone from marketing the goods, they have asked what people want, they have priced it, talked about mark-ups, they have gone through the whole process.

“All the way through we have been talking about how careful we have to be with money, we have to make our profit and also how to speak to people. We do all the salesman bit but in a polite way.”

The final result of the competition is expected to be announced soon.