Sharpening Our Student’s Futures

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18/03/2010 by mcmakarolyn

MC&MA (Girls) students' banner design

Winning pupils from Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Girls) got the five-star treatment at the unveiling of their artwork at new digital media hub The Sharp Project.

Paris Caine, Khristy Aspinall, Aimee Hutton, Katie Pollitt and Beth Stevens with Miss Greenwood and their chauffeur-driven Hummer

Katie Pollitt, Khristy Aspinall, Aimee Hutton, Paris Caine and Beth Stevens were picked up by a luxury chauffeur-driven Hummer from the academy gates to The Sharp Project in Newton Heath, east Manchester.

There they saw their work draped down the outside of the former Sharp warehouse on Oldham Road.

Their prize also included a winners’ reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Manchester, where their winning pitch to competition judges took place last year.   

The competition was run by award-winning local social enterprise company MOTIV, as part of their ongoing partnership with The Sharp Project. MOTIV aims to give school children valuable experience of real-life business projects while they are still studying, so they can put them on their future CVs.

The girls enjoy mocktails at the winners' reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel

Alongside the Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Boys) and Plant Hill High School, the girls had been given the task to design a building wrap on the theme of ‘Sharp Futures’ for young people.

The girls’ artwork was the best design. It was chosen for its clear concept, concise message, and for best meeting the design brief that was set.

The competition judges were Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council; managing director of The Sharp Project, Susan Woodward, David Derbyshire, managing director of Astra Signs – who sponsored the project – and Lee Stanley, director of MOTIV.

Sue Woodward said: “The idea of Sharp Futures is to engage fourteen year old pupils now so that by the time they do leave school they have an armful of real projects they have delivered on their CV giving the best opportunity for their future.

“They were given a real design brief and the mural ideas they presented were outstanding.”

The Sharp Project is a new centre for creative and digital industries. It will offer talented new starters, young entrepreneurs and established professionals the opportunity to develop and prototype their ideas in a purpose-built environment that provides unrivalled access to high- speed broadband connections.

Manchester City Council’s Children’s Services Department’s In Touch With You newsletter has more coverage of our girls’ win. Visit this link for the e-version:


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