Local students rise to financial skills challenge


Burnage Academy were the top investors at this year's Stock Market Challenge sponsored by Alliance Manchester Business School.

The online event took place on 28 April and was delivered by Global Investor Simulations.  Year 10 pupils from schools across the North West competed using the Dealing Room simulation, a fast-moving game of strategic thinking and pressured decision-making. 

The Challenge supports learning within several areas of the curriculum, including Applied Maths, Economics and Business Studies.  It also meets the criteria for STEM enrichment and enhancement activities.

Dealing Room provides a real test of team working, problem solving and critical thinking skills, all of which are key employability skills highly valued by employers across many industry sectors. 

Taking part will help raise pupils’ awareness of Higher Education opportunities. At the event pupils will have an opportunity to ask AMBS students questions about their courses, life on campus and their experience of university.

To help in their preparation for the event, and to widen participation, each participating school will receive a free site licence of the classroom resource, comprising both the Dealing Room and Finance Lab simulations.

Final leaderboard

Burnage Academy £306,240 (Average fund total)

West Hill School £302,957

St. John Fisher RC High School £301,116

Bedford High School £299,868

St. Paul's RC High School £298,112

The Blue Coat School Oldham £297,809

Hyde Community College £296,657

Thornleigh Salesian College £296,332

The Barlow RC High School £295,630

St. Anne's High School £293,372

St. Anne's Academy £292,003

Audenshaw School £291,845

Stretford Grammar £291,809

Hollingworth Academy £289,572

East Manchester Academy £286,126

Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School