Wensleydale School announces partnership with Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones

Peter Jones speaking to students taking part in . Photo: CPG Photography

Wensleydale School and Sixth Form has joined forces with Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones to help young people develop business skills.

The school’s new Business and Innovation Centre will include a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

The academy is run in partnership with exam board Pearson.

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Peter Jones CBE: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce this opportunity for Wensleydale School and Sixth Form to host a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, and to help young people across the Dales develop the real-world business skills that will help them succeed in life.

“I believe all young people deserve a bright future and I started the foundation with a clear goal – to improve young people’s lives.

“Good enterprise education is an essential element of this and should be part of all schools.

“We already run a number of successful enterprise programmes and offer high-quality qualifications, helping students fulfil their potential through a range of pioneering educational activities that encourage, educate and empower students, at all times championing enterprise.”

Through the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Wensleydale students will be able to access business-led courses that aim to “unleash young people’s entrepreneurial talent”.

Students on the course are given the unique opportunity to learn first-hand the essential skills needed for the world of work.

Headteacher Julia Polley said the academy was part of the school’s ambitious improvement plans.

She added: “We are delighted to announce that we are going to be a regional hub for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, meaning that we will be able to channel the spirit and the expertise of a Dragon from the BBC2 programme.

“We know that this will be a vital part of our Business and Innovation Centre and will help our sixth formers go on to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs that will drive the economy in the Dales.

“We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to make Wensleydale School and Sixth Form the best possible platform for our students to go on and achieve and excel.”

The school is running an open day for potential new students on October 4.


For more details on the school and open day click here.

For information on the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy scheme click here.