Cumbria's Rising Stars


Congratulations to Richmond Hill Primary School, Aspatria, who were crowned winners of our Rising Stars competition and to all of the other schools in the region who participated! It has been a great success and the talent showcased by all of the schoolchildren involved has been incredible.

What is Rising Stars?

One of the aims of CfLP is to increase leadership capability and capacity within Cumbria. We support and encourage leadership development amongst businesses and leaders but we are also involved with the younger generation – showcasing and nurturing leadership talent and flair for business amongst the younger "Rising Stars"!

With this in mind, we joined forces with CFM Radio to develop the Rising Stars competition. The scheme started earlier this year and formed part of our Growth themed activities – which also included a Masterclass with international businesswoman Barbara Cassani and short courses from top training providers from the region.

The Rising Stars project saw 23 schools across the county given £50 and challenged to 'make it grow' as much as possible through 'Apprentice' style activity. Over an 8 week period, pupils carried out a variety of schemes to increase their initial pot with advice and guidance available throughout from CfLP.

Ideas included a sponge-throwing contest at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, while Carlisle's Kingmoor Primary School sold recipe books and pancakes. Pupils at Penrith's Yanwath School developed their sewing skills to make and sell hand-stitched goods, whilst youngsters at Carlisle's Trinity School aimed to increase their cash with some lunchtime performances.

When the final results were announced, Richmond Hill Primary were declared the winners, having generated an amazing £1,190.51! Well done!

CfLP are incredibly proud of all schools and pupils who took part and would like to send each and every one our sincere congratulations!

The prize for the winning school was a private performance from X-Factor finalist Sophie Habibis! Sophie travelled to Richmond Hill School on Friday March 30 where she performed various tracks live in front of the whole school. It was a fabulous day. The local Press were also in attendance and acting headteacher, Rachel Blair, stated "This is an amazing day for our school and I am so proud. They've done so well to win this competition and they are so excited to meet Sophie. We had a big bake off and got local chef Annette Gibbons to judge. It was so well supported and the parents did themselves proud".

You can read a press article relating to Rising Stars and watch a video clip of Sophie's performance at the News & Star

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