Students celebrate their talent as winners of Cotswold Challenge revealed

Poppy White from The Cotswold School wins Innovation Category in Cotswold Challenge
Cotswold Challenge Poppy White

The winners of this year’s Cotswold Challenge have been revealed.

The Cotswold Challenge, which launched during lockdown last year to help Year 11, 12 and 13 students that were missing out on taking exams, invited students this year not only from the Cotswolds, but also the Swindon area, to send in their artwork, photographs, poems, stories, inventions or business ideas to be judged by expert and experienced judges including Lady Bathurst, Adam Henson and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Once again, it was students from Cirencester College that scooped the most number of prizes. Not only did they win second, third and fourth places in the Art & Design category, but they scooped first and second prizes in the Creative Writing category, plus four Highly Commended prizes and 10 Commended prizes.

Cotswold Challenge Teresa Doran[2]Poppy White from The Cotswold School, came first in the Innovation category for her ‘Poppy Bubbles’ idea; Teresa Doran from Chipping Campden School came second in the same category for her idea about ‘Urban Sustainability’ and, also in Innovation, Josh Pullen from Hartpury College, who won joint third prize for ‘aSpire – Sports Rental’.

New for this year’s competition was a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Talent across the three categories of Art & Design, Creative Writing and Innovation.

James Brown from Chipping Campden School won the new special prize for Innovation with his ‘Super Propagator’ design. James said: “I am very pleased to see that the hard work I have done has been rewarded, and the comments from the judges on my work were very pleasing.” Judge, Andy Langley, CEO of Ntegra, Swindon said: “A very timely idea – given people have been locked down. This helps people – even those in flats – develop an interest in gardening/growing.”

This year, The Cotswold Challenge comprised three categories, 150 talented entries; 12 top money prizes; 3 Special Recognition Awards; 12 Highly Commended awards; 26 Commended awards; 25 illustrious judges; 9 generous sponsors; 27 schools/colleges and four members of The Cotswold Challenge team, who organised the initiative – Nigel Chute of Chute Design, Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design, Chris Roberts, freelance writer and Fiona Scott of Fiona Scott Media.