PUPILS were inspired by The Great British Bake Off for an enterprising activity at their school.

Worthing High split students into teams of ten and introduced them to nominated business partners before setting off on their challenge.

It was called Baked and teams had to plan, design, create and sell a cake, showing the judges their ability to work together and create a viable business.

The students took part in finance and business workshops to further their understanding.

The judges looked at every aspect of the pupils’ businesses and selected the finalists, who then had to perform a sales pitch to a panel of experts.

After much deliberation, the team called Cakes R Us won.

Year 7 pupil Alice Thompson, from the winning team, said: “I really enjoyed the day and I now know what it is like to run a business.

“We had to work really hard and we all had our jobs to do.”

Cakes R Us had Luke Brice from Clean Cut Gardening as its business partner.

Other teams had partners from a range of industries including Nay Nay’s Salon, ETI, Tipton Marketing and the Orchard Cafe.

Richard Freeman, CEO of Always Possible, a “catalyst agency” which provides operational support and management training in education, said: “The students were a credit to the school.

“They actively questioning their own assumptions and learning loads about their own abilities to innovate and collaborate.”

Also involved was Lauren Roffey, who left Worthing High in 2002 and now owns a café in Worthing called Baked. She has a passion for entrepreneurial activity – and chocolate brownies, which she shared with the students.

Phil Dean, business partnership and careers manager at Worthing High School, said: “I am so pleased the day went so well.

“Having the whole year group engaged in such an ambitious task was a challenge but thanks to the support of the local business partners students were able to flourish.

“Worthing High School is really grateful for having such a positive business support network for its students’ employability progression and entrepreneurial experiences.”