Sixth form students from Bourne Grammar School beat off competition from four other schools from across the Midlands in a management game held at Derby University.
The contest, which is part of a series of events being held by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) this summer, saw the teams taking on roles at the fictional borough council of Lyechester.
Guided by CIPFA accountants, the students were given the task of balancing the council’s budget, making cuts, and deciding the best way to continue running services with this reduced funding. This was further complicated by scenarios such as visits from the local MP and an angry trade union official.
The lead volunteer for the management event, Chris Gill, said: “The CIPFA game is a brilliant opportunity for students to understand the way our public finances are managed and the difficulties our finance teams have in choosing between competing and often equally important priorities.”
“We need the best managers to be running our local authorities and other public sector organisations and perhaps some of these young people are the finance directors of the future.”
Indeed, one of the markers described the winning Bourne team’s performance as: “The best I have ever witnessed. They were extremely polished and professional, handled all the questions easily and the whole team contributed.”
The team was made up of Eliot Bates, Lauren Ward, Oscar Scotney, Sam Luscombe and Rhian Edwards.
For anyone looking for more information on the management events CIPFA are holding this summer in the Midlands, further details can be found on their website.