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Stockport Academy’s Little Stars Have Big Potential

Chris Prince / Categories: News, Enrichment

Stockport Academy’s Little Stars Have Big Potential

Our Young Enterprise group celebrated picking up a ‘Best Customer Service’ Award at the competition’s Stockport Board Finals.

The Year 10 students – who formed the ‘Little Stars’ book company – have spent months developing a product, taking it to market and running their own organisation as part of their Young Enterprise enrichment activity.

They came up with the idea of producing a children’s book, which they then wrote, illustrated and had professionally printed – before selling copies to the public.

Their story of ‘Penny The Patchless Panda’ is aimed at young children and tells the story of a panda who struggles to fit in with her classmates.  

As part of the Young Enterprise challenge, they spent a day at the Trafford Centre, winning prizes for ‘Best Trade Stall’ and ‘Best Product’ along the way.

They also embarked on a book tour around local primary schools, with the group reading the story to classes at Cheadle Heath, Alexandra Park and St Matthews Primaries, bringing along a Penny mascot and Penny toys to further promote their work.

Business Teacher Mr Lewis, who runs Young Enterprise club, said: “Penny The Patchless Panda was a real labour of love for our students and I am so proud of the effort they have put into this project – it is great to see them reaping the rewards.”

For more information – and to purchase your copy of the book – you can visit

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