Year 9 students at Richmond School visited The York Chocolate Story to get a taste for business.
The venue is a new and interactive museum which showcases a detailed account of the history of chocolate in York.
49 business studies students learned about the Quakers and the importance they placed on chocolate for staff well-being and motivation.
Students also found out about the economic importance of chocolate to the city of York and its well-known, iconic brands, such as Smarties, KitKat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Students attended a workshop, where they made and decorated their own chocolates.
They went on to identify a target market, branded their products, and developed marketing ideas – all of which support the GCSE business curriculum and promote learning outside the classroom.
Clare Clish, lead teacher for business and economics, said: “The year 9 students showed a great deal of focus and their marketing plans were creative and realistic. Students have only been studying Business since September and they are making excellent progress.”
Student Nicole Fenwick said: “It was a great day and I enjoyed making the chocolates and packaging them.”
After the Chocolate Story, students had the opportunity to visit York St John University and enjoyed a campus tour to help raise aspirations and let them experience a university first-hand.
Liz Mannion, careers manager st the school, said: “The campus visit was impressive, student ambassadors showed us around and really engaged with our students.
“As it was graduation day, the year 9 students watched the university students, wearing caps and gowns, heading towards York Minster for their graduation ceremony.”